COVID-19 Notifications will be something that some families might see this year. Below, you’ll see an example of a “non-impact” letter to families from one school. There’s great info in this and a good example of what we can expect as families.
The district recently released the COVID dashboard to help with reporting and transparency for families. You might want to bookmark this page – https://jeffcopublicschools.org/restart_jeffco/covid_19_dashboard
Letter to families:
Important COVID-19 Health Alert – Positive Case(s) of COVID-19 – Students/Staff determined NOT to be close contacts of a COVID-19 case(s) – Not in Building During Communicable Time
Dear School Families and Staff,
There has been a case of COVID-19 at your school. Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). As part of this public health investigation:
● The person(s) diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.
● Mask use, social distancing, and activities while infectious were assessed.
● The people who were in close contact with the persons with COVID-19 are instructed to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
There are no known staff or students who have been identified and who will need to quarantine related to this positive case. We do not believe any staff or your child was in close contact with the positive COVID-19 person. Staff and your child do not need to stay home and observe quarantine or isolation precautions, but staff and your child should regularly monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
If your child develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
● Follow these isolation instructions.
● Seek out testing near you.
● Stay at home and away from the school and avoid other activities around other people.
● Staff and parents of students notify the school immediately if you go to get COVID-19 tested.
Schools who have had more than one positive case will only be sending this notification letter out once in a two week period. If there are more than one case in a two week period, the numbers will reflect on Jeffco’s Dashboard located here. Dashboard information does lag behind 24-48 hours. If there are 5% or more positive cases in one school in a two week period, there will be additional information sent out to all families with next steps.
If you have further questions regarding this letter, please contact Jeffco Public School’s COVID Resource Nurses at DLCOVIDQuarantine@jeffco.k12.co.us.
When to Stay Home:
- Feeling feverish, having chills or temperature of 100.4° F or greater
- Loss of taste or smell
- New or unexplained persistent cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting
There are four main reasons to keep sick children and adults at home:
1. Someone who the child lives with or the staff lives with (or has had close contact with) has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has symptoms of COVID-19.
2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.
3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.
4. The symptom or illness is on this list, and staying home is required.
Remember, the best ways to stop the spread of infection is through good hand washing and staying home when sick.
|Symptoms||Child Must Stay Home?|
Frequent, loose, or watery stools (poop) compared to normal ones that are not caused by food or medicine.
|YES – if the diarrhea can be explained* by a specific illness then follow the exclusion guidelines for that illness.
If the diarrhea is unexplained then follow the Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools.
Children and staff may return 24 hours after their last episode of diarrhea unless the diarrhea is caused by an illness that requires them to stay home longer.
Fever is a temperature of 100.4° F or greater. Babies who are 4 months or younger need to see a doctor right away for a fever of 100° F or higher.
|YES – if the fever can be explained* by a specific illness then follow the exclusion guidelines for that illness.
If the fever is unexplained then follow the Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools.
|Vomiting/Throwing Up||YES – if the vomiting can be explained* by a specific illness then follow the exclusion guidelines for that illness.
If the vomiting is unexplained then follow the Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools.
Children and staff may return 24 hours after their last episode of vomiting unless the vomiting is caused by an illness that requires them to stay home longer.If a child with a recent head injury vomits, seek medical attention.
- A known occurence (ex. a child gagged which caused vomiting); or
- A known health condition (ex. diarrhea caused by irritable bowel syndrome, cough caused by asthma or allergies etc.); or
- A documented diagnosis from a health care provider (ex. fever caused by strep throat) which excludes other conditions of concern.
In the instance of a known occurence or health condition, separate the child from group care and monitor them. If symptoms improve and COVID-19 has been ruled out in accordance with Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools exclusion guidelines for COVID-19 they may return to group care. If the symptoms worsen the child or staff member needs to be excluded.
|Symptoms||Child Must Stay Home?|
|Chicken Pox||YES – until the blisters have dried and crusted (usually 6 days).|
|Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Pink color of eye and thick yellow/green discharge with behavior
|NO – children and adults do not need to stay home unless they have a fever or are not able to participate in usual activities. Call your doctor for advice and possible treatment.|
symptoms may include any of the following:
fever or chills
new loss of taste or smell
new or unexplained persistent cough
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
runny nose or congestion
muscle aches or body aches
nausea or vomiting
|Yes – Children and staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must be excluded until:
Prior to diagnosis, children and staff with symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19 should follow the exclusion guidelines in Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools.
|Fifth’s Disease||NO – the illness is no longer contagious once the rash appears.|
|Hand Food and Mouth Disease (Coxsakie virus)||NO – unless the child or adult has mouth sores, is drooling and is not able to take part in usual activities.|
|Head Lice or Scabies||YES – children may stay at school or child care until the end of the day but cannot return until after they have had the first treatment.|
|Hepatitis A||YES – until 1 week after the illness starts and when the child or staff is able to take part in normal activities. Children and staff should not go to another facility during the period of exclusion.|
|Herpes||NO – unless there are open sores that cannot be covered or there is nonstop drooling.|
|Impetigo||YES – children and adults needs to stay home until antibiotic treatment has started.|
|Ringworm||YES – children may stay at school or child care until the end of the day but cannot return until after they have had the first treatment. Keep the area covered for the first 3 days if participating in sports with person to person contact.|
|Roseola||NO – unless there is a fever or behavior changes.|
|RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)||NO – children and staff can go to school unless they are not well enough to take part in usual activities and/or they have trouble breathing. Call your doctor for advice.|
|Strep Throat||YES – for 12 hours after starting antibiotics unless the doctor says that it is okay to return to school sooner. Children and staff also need to be able to take part in usual activities.|
|Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
|YES – children and staff can return to school once the doctor says they are no longer contagious.|
Thrush or Candida, diaper rash
|NO – follow good hand washing and hygiene practice.|
Symptoms or illnesses not listed
|Contact the child care center director or school health staff to see if the child or staff member needs to stay home.|
This was developed in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Colorado School Health Program. The information presented is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of your personal doctor’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information should not be used in place of a visit, call or consultation or advice of your doctor or other health care provider.
American Academy of Pediatrics. Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide. Aronson SS, Shope TR, eds. 5th ed. Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2020.20.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Infectious Diseases In Child Care and School Settings: Guidelines for Child Care Providers and Health Consultants, School Nurses and Other Personnel. 2019.
CDPHE source “How Sick Is Too Sick”, September, 2020 (PDF document)
Coloardo Department of Public Health and Environment. COVID-19 Guidance: Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools. 9.29.20
The content on this website was sourced directly from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.