COVID-19 Quarantine change for Englewood ECE students
Posted by Leigh Pytlinski on Thursday, Jan 13 at 2:54 PM in Early Childhood Education
Dear ECE families,
Thank you! I am so very grateful for all of your communication regarding student illness, and that you have been keeping your children at home when they have any symptoms at all. I understand how stressful and inconvenient this unpredictability is and appreciate your patience as we figure out how best to keep our students safe and our school open with as normal a preschool experience as possible for your children.
We received some updated quarantine guidance: Englewood ECE and other childcare settings will follow the same 5-day quarantine guidance as the k-12 schools. That means that students who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 full days (with the day of the test or symptoms as day 0) and may return to school on the 6th day if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are significantly improved AND can wear a well-fitting mask throughout the day for an additional 5 full days. CDPHE sent out a new Return To Learn flow chart today for when a child has symptoms or a positive test. You can see the new flow chart here. If your child has symptoms that last more than 24 hours, please get them a PCR or molecular test, not an antigen (rapid or home) test. The guidance from CDPHE requires that the results of an antigen test are confirmed with a PCR test so it requires additional testing for your child. Please also send us a copy of any positive test results.
If your child is exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 outside of the school setting, they will need to quarantine for 5 days after their last exposure to the positive person. This becomes complicated when the person lives in the child’s home because the child is re-exposed each day that the person is considered contagious. This means that the child should stay at home for the 5 days of the family member’s illness before the child’s 5 day quarantine begins, for a total of 10 days. Please call Michelle Watson at 303 806-2531 if you have further questions.
Thank you again,