2021-2022 Health and Safety Protocols
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home regardless of vaccination status.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is committed to maintaining learning environments as normal as possible this school year. Click here to read our Safe Return to Schools Plan.
**The following health and safety protocols have been updated as of February 28, 2022**
Face Coverings (Masks)
Masks are optional in all district schools and buildings and on school buses.
The district will honor personal and parent choice with regard to mask-wearing. Some staff or students will choose not to wear a mask while others will continue wearing one. As always, we ask that everyone respect the individual choices of others. Our schools, classrooms and buses will continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.
Consistent with applicable law, accommodations are available for students and staff based on disability or medical condition. If you’d like to request an accommodation for your child, please contact your child’s school directly.
COVID vaccinations are encouraged but are not required for anyone 5 years and older. Families may visit our website for vaccine information.
Contact Tracing, Outbreaks and Quarantines
In alignment with state and local public health guidance, Adams 12 Five Star Schools is following the new isolation and quarantine period, which has been shortened from 10 days to 5 days. Adams 12 is also following recently updated public health guidance regarding quarantines in the event of an outbreak. Here’s what that means.
The district will continue contact tracing and implementing quarantines in the event of an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as five or more connected cases within a 14-day period. If school administrators have reason to believe multiple cases are connected to one another in a specific classroom or core, they will consult with the district’s COVID team who will then investigate the situation and determine if it meets the criteria for an outbreak.
If a classroom or grade level is required to quarantine due to an outbreak, remote learning opportunities will be provided in accordance with district procedures.
Quarantine exemptions include those who are not experiencing symptoms and:
Are fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated, anyone older than 12 must have received a third-dose (booster) if eligible.
Have tested positive in the previous 90 days and have recovered.
If not fully vaccinated, they must test negative for COVID-19 on the day of exposure notification to continue attending school or work.
Families and staff must provide verbal or written verification of the quarantine exemption to their school.
Shift to Remote Learning due to Staffing Shortages
Staffing shortages as well as employees needing to stay home due to illness has the potential to require a classroom, core or grade level to shift to remote learning for a limited period of time in accordance with district procedures.
The district will continue to implement layered prevention strategies including, but not limited to:
- Increased ventilation to include more air exchanges and portable HEPA (high efficiency particulate air [filter]) air purifiers in all classrooms and large common areas
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols
- Reinforcing the importance of staying home when sick
- View the vaccination rate for Adams and Broomfield Counties here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-data-dashboard
- Tri-County Health Department Public Health Order and Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.tchd.org/825/Public-Health-Orders
- General information about COVID-19 from Tri-County Health Department: https://www.tchd.org/818/Coronavirus-COVID-19