PSD Contact Tracing and Investigations
The PSD COVID Support Team and the school based COVID-19 Response Teams work in partnership with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE). Every COVID-19 case investigation is unique and may require slightly varied responses.
PSD works with LCDHE to conduct contact tracing investigations when there is an outbreak or cluster in schools. At this time, other school-based exposures are not being traced.
PSD is encouraging, but not requiring staff or students to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Current Mask Protocol
Masks are optional in PSD, including on buses and in ECE classrooms
Masks are still required in these instances:
- Students or staff returning to school on days 6-10 following isolation or quarantine must wear a well-fitting mask while at school.
- If students or staff are not able to wear a well-fitting mask on days 6-10, they need to remain home for days 6-10 in any of the instances above.
- Any extracurricular activities on days 6-10 will also require mask wear. During that time students should not participate in activities where they cannot safely wear a mask.
- When students become symptomatic at school, they will be required to wear a mask in the precautionary room.
Ventilation at PSD
- Near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, PSD completed an inventory of ventilation systems across the district. Starting in April 2020, PSD installed MERV-13 filters in all but a few schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. These filters have and will continue to be replaced on a recurring schedule, and they have added benefits beyond those related to COVID-19, including the filtration of smoke.
- MERV-13 filters could not be installed in parts of Centennial High School, Harris Elementary and the oldest wing of Timnath Elementary, Poudre Community Academy, and Lesher Middle School due to the age of existing systems in those facilities. MERV-13 filters are not typically compatible with older ventilation systems. Instead, ventilation has historically been increased at those schools through use of fans and other means.
- To address this challenge, PSD applied for and was awarded a Colorado Department of Education Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant of $120,000 in the fall of 2021.
- PSD will purchase air purifiers for classrooms that do not have MERV-13 filters.
- PSD’s Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems facilitate a full air exchange in classrooms a minimum of four times per hour. Due to this rate of exchange, PSD’s classrooms exceed the air exchange recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).