District leaders have had many discussions over the weekend about how to best plan for the multiple challenges we have encountered. These COVID-19 protocol updates are effective immediately and will be revisited weekly as we navigate the next few weeks: School-based pooled PCR testing will continue for all consented students and staff at all schools this week. Effective immediately, all positive COVID-19 test results for students or staff need to be reported on the DPS Positive COVID-19 Test Result Report Form. Effective immediately, DPS nurses and administrators will no longer be conducting contact tracing for every positive COVID-19 test. Therefore, the “Test & Stay” option for students will be phased out once students currently participating complete their testing cycle this week.
In consideration of the rising numbers of COVID cases in our community, the schools will be vigilantly continuing the following measures: Universal indoor masking is still required for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors in all PreK-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. KN95 masks will be available to all staff in January. To the fullest extent possible, schools will maintain physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. All classes will keep seating charts to assist with contact tracing. Families are strongly encouraged to vaccinate and boost their students ages 5 and older. Click above for more FAQs and COVID updates for our District.
Winter brings lots of colds, flu and illness. Please help us keep students and staff safe this winter. If your student isn't feeling well, they should stay at home. Plenty of symptoms overlap with COVID symptoms, click above for a symptom checklist for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated students.
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