Health & Safety

2021-22 Information: Health & Safety
Posted on 01/24/2022

2021-22 Information: Health & Safety

The district has prepared a Continuity of In-Person Learning Plan for the 2021-22 school year. Updated guidance from the CDPHE has recently been reviewed and is reflected in the district's plan. 
A summary of health and safety protocols along with other information are noted below. Changes may be required over the course of the school year based on local health guidelines/requirements and community transmission rates of COVID-19. 

Protocols such as cleaning and sanitizing will remain a significant component of our response to limit transmission; however, based on CDC guidance, in most circumstances sanitizing once per day is sufficient for removing viruses from surfaces.

Face coverings will be optional for those who want to wear them but are recommended for all. CDC and CDPHE recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status. Our expectation is that staff or students will be treated respectfully whether they choose to wear a mask or not. Local data metrics will be utilized in making school-level decisions regarding changes to face covering requirements.

Cohorting of students will continue at the start of the year as we monitor community COVID rates and potential transmission, and social distancing will be encouraged in common spaces such as hallways. 

Hand sanitizer will be available and frequent handwashing encouraged. 

Sick or symptomatic students should stay at home.  While we will not be conducting regular temperature checks, students who exhibit symptoms in school will be given a mask to wear while they wait in the health office to be picked up from school. Staying home when sick will be essential to limiting exposures and transmission. The district will continue to offer confidential COVID-19 testing options for those with parent consent. 
Unless mandated otherwise, the district will not initiate quarantines for healthy/non-symptomatic staff and students that have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 unless there is clear evidence of transmission among a cohort. Quarantine and isolation requirements will still apply to students or staff who have had a known exposure and develop symptoms, as well as their other household members and siblings per health guidelines.

Transportation services will continue to require a registration process. Due to public transportation requirements, masks or face coverings will continue to be required on school buses until federal mandates are lifted. 

Athletics and activities will resume as normal in accordance with CHSAA regulations.

Free Meals (breakfast and lunch) will continue to be available to all Weld Re-3J students throughout the 2021-22 school year per federal program availability. A la carte items will be available for purchase at middle and high schools. We encourage families to continue to complete free/reduced applications in order to be eligible for other potential benefits.