When health conditions and guidance allow students and staff to return to our buildings in person, everyone will be expected to follow the health and safety protocols below, which were developed in partnership with local and state health experts — including the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH), and the Governor’s Office. As health conditions change in our community, we will keep you updated on any changes to this guidance.
Back to School in a Pandemic
COMPLETE A DPS DAILY HEALTH SCREEN ON YOUR STUDENT(S)
See this LINK for instructions on student daily health screens.
PLEASE REPORT A POSITIVE COVID TEST
All positive cases must be reported including students and staff who are learning or working remotely.
Case Reporting Hotline: 720-426-9999
Late Arrival/Early Sign Out
If your student arrives after the bell, please complete this form and have your student enter through the main door.
If you need to check your student out early from school please complete this form and let the front office know when you are outside.
**This form can also be found on the BR website under Parent Resources**
If there is a confirmed positive COVID-19 test in a cohort, DPS will follow Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) quarantine protocols.
Helpful Resources from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
Everyone is required to wear a mask when on school grounds, and should follow the CDC guidelines for facial coverings. Please review DPS mask guidance for more details on expectations for mask wearing by students and family members.
We know that wearing masks all day is challenging, so students and staff will be able to remove their masks during mealtimes and during special outdoor “mask breaks” that schools can schedule throughout the day.
All students and educators will be asked to wash hands upon arrival and at least once every two hours. Hand sanitizer may also be used. Schools will have supplies of hand sanitizer and soap to allow for frequent hand-washing, and classrooms and school facilities will be disinfected regularly.
Everyone entering a building, including students and staff, must engage in a daily health screen. All adults and students will get a temperature check and/or in-person symptom screening before entering the building. Symptom screening may be a home pre-screen or an in-person screen at the school by school staff. Students/staff with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be able to stay at school. Students and staff should stay home if they are unwell and experiencing symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, abdominal pain, fatigue, muscle aches, and/or headache.
Schools will help reinforce safe and healthy hygiene behaviors (such as covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows) with students, staff and families.
Health office protocols
Each school will have a health office with one cot for every 400 students, a dedicated bathroom for health office use only, a sink with running hot and cold water, easily cleanable surfaces, and an isolated area for sick students to be separated from well students. Schools will also designate additional areas for isolating students, if there is not enough capacity in the health office.
Wherever possible, students should maintain 3 feet of distance. Adults should maintain 6 feet of distance from other adults, and 3 feet of distance from students. When 3 feet isn’t possible, a physical barrier like Plexiglass may be used.
A cohort is a set group of students who participate in a class or other activity together for several weeks. The guidelines for cohorts are slightly different depending on the education level of the students:
Athletics, extracurricular activities and before- and afterschool care: For athletics, we will follow Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) guidance. Extracurricular and cocurricular activity guidelines will be addressed in separate guidance that is currently pending. Before and afterschool care guidance is also pending.
All meals will be eaten in the classroom. Students will wash hands before and after eating. Sharing of food will not be permitted.
Recess/Physical Education (PE)
As much as possible, schools will plan for recess and PE to take place outside, with students staying in their class cohorts. Students can use and share playground/gym equipment with their cohorts. Students may have recess/PE without masks only if held outside AND students are maintaining six feet or more distance from one another. Students from different cohorts can be outside at the same time as long as they are in separate areas (e.g. field and playground). If Recess/PE must take place inside, students must wear masks.
Singing and wind instruments
Singing and wind instruments are not allowed and schools should make adjustments to music and other courses accordingly.