Monitoring Coronavirus - what you need to know

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Community Letter - March 6, 2020

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As of the afternoon on Friday, March 6, state health officials have announced there are now presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado. A presumptive positive case means the state test came back positive and will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

At this time there are no presumptive positive cases in the Five Star community and all of our schools continue operating on a normal schedule. 

We continue to work in close contact and actively monitor the virus with our state and local health partners. Health officials indicate that most reported illnesses experience mild symptoms such as a fever and cough, and the risk for most Coloradoans is considered low

COVID-19 is a public health issue and we all have a role in keeping our community healthy and safe. Health officials continue to stress the importance of practicing good hygiene habits to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner (60% or higher).

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

  • Stay home when sick.

We encourage all families and staff to visit the Should Your Child Stay Home? section of our website for information that outlines symptoms to consider when choosing to stay home. We’re monitoring sick students and staff, and are following guidelines from health officials to keep our buildings healthy. 

District and school staff continue to clean and disinfect buildings daily, including common surfaces, frequently touched objects, restrooms and water fountains. Should COVID-19 spread to our community, we want to assure you that the district has a response plan. While we are hopeful that the implementation of this plan will not be necessary, we are prepared to do so to support the health and safety of our students, staff and community, and minimize any impact to learning. 

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions, guidance on travel, talking points for families when having conversations with children and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 can be found on the district FAQ page. This page will be continually updated as we get new information and additional guidance from health officials. 

We will continue to provide staff and families with regular and timely communication as we receive updates about COVID-19 from health officials. 

As always, we appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school communities