January 2022: Updated Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine

  • Isolation: Those who test positive for COVID will receive orders from LCDHE to isolate from school settings for 10 days. This is different from CDC’s five-day guidance, which is intended for the general population and not specific to schools. 

    • LCDHE says that students who test positive for COVID should isolate themselves for five days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are improving, they can join in regular public activities on day six but not attend school until day 11. (Athletics, clubs and sports are NOT considered regular public activities and students should not return to any school sponsored activity until day 11). This “policy is to continue to mitigate potential spread inside of our school settings and avoid disruptions while we await clarification to the CDC guidelines,” according to LCDHE.
    • If your child tested positive, please don’t send them to school until day 11. They may not return sooner.

    Quarantine: At this point, LCDHE is following the CDC and CDPHE guidelines for quarantine. Close contacts of a positive case now must quarantine for five days from the date of exposure, instead of 10. Quarantines and individual classroom shifts to remote learning minimize the potential for whole-school or district-level shifts to remote learning or closures. LCDHE determines whether something is a high-risk activity (i.e. athletics, band, choir, etc.) and could require these close contacts to complete the standard 10-day quarantine.

    • You are no longer exempt from quarantine if you have previously tested positive for COVID. 
    • You cannot return to school if you are symptomatic and must communicate with your school health office to confirm your return date.
    • Close contacts in an Early Childhood Education-related case will still likely quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure because students cannot as reliably wear masks. 

    Change to definition of immunization and quarantine exemption: It is no longer enough to just be “fully vaccinated” or to have previously tested positive for COVID to be exempted from quarantine. Only those who have met one of the following criteria are exempted from quarantine if deemed a close contact to a positive COVID case, according to new CDPHE guidance: 

    • Have completed a full series AND have received a booster dose, OR
    • Are 14 days past and still within 180 days from their second Pfizer or Moderna dose (ineligible for booster at this time), OR
    • Are 14 days past and still within 2 months of their Johnson and Johnson dose (ineligible for booster at this time).
    • Note: If you have completed your full vaccinated series and are eligible for a booster dose but have not received it, you may need to quarantine.

Daily COVID-19 Case Tracker

  • The COVID-19 Case Tracker is designed to give our community a transparent look at the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Estes Park Schools. The dashboard is updated as data and health investigations progress with the newest cumulative case information to include positive cases and quarantines due to these cases, as well as identified outbreaks.

COVID-19 Tracker

Pre-Outbreak and Outbreak Information

  • Definition of Pre-Outbreak: 

    Pre-outbreak status is defined as 2 probable and/or confirmed positive COVID-19 cases that are potentially linked in our district within a 14 day period.  

    Definition of Outbreak:

    Five or more cases of COVID-19, of which at least one case has had a positive molecular amplification test or antigen test, among students, teachers, and/or staff from separate households with onset within 14 days in a single classroom/activity or other close contact in the school setting (including transportation to or from school affiliated events), OR

    10% of classrooms in a school are impacted by COVID-19 cases: If 10% of students or staff within a classroom/activity report COVID-19 symptoms, LCDHE may require the implementation of mitigation strategies including universal masking, contact tracing, quarantine of close contacts, weekly testing, and/or distancing within the affected classroom/activity prior to reaching pre-outbreak or outbreak status.

    Outbreak status means that health officials with LCDHE will monitor even more carefully for any cases at that school. The following schools are currently designated as outbreak locations (date of outbreak designation):

    • None at this time 

     

     

What is considered Close Contact?

  • Close contact definition in a routine classroom setting:

    • Being within 3 feet for > 15 minutes cumulatively in a 24-hour period;
    • Having direct contact with a positive case for any duration;
    • Being identified as a close contact based on public health investigation
    • Quarantines will generally not be required when exposures occur in a routine classroom setting unless the school is in pre-outbreak or outbreak status. 

    If a school is in a pre-outbreak status, quarantines will be required for all students, staff and teachers who meet close contact definition unless they meet one of the following criteria:

    • Fully vaccinated (two weeks have passed since receiving one dose of J&J or the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines)
    • Previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days using a molecular or antigen test (not antibody test) collected by a trained medical professional. Antibody tests do not meet this criteria.
    • Participating in weekly screening testing
    • Both parties wearing a mask at the time of exposure

    If a school is in an outbreak status, quarantines will be required for all students, staff and teachers who meet close contact definition and do not meet either of the following criteria:

    • Fully vaccinated (two weeks have passed since receiving one dose of J&J or the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines)
    • Previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days using a molecular or antigen test (not antibody test) collected by a trained medical professional. Antibody tests do not meet this criteria.

    Please note: For schools in an outbreak status, participating in weekly serial testing, and both individuals (ill and exposed) being masked at the time of exposure are not considered exemptions from quarantine.

Confirmed Cases and Probable Cases (LCDHE Definition)

    • Confirmed case – Someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; can be Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or rapid test. (NOT an antibody test)

    • Probable case – Someone who has had known close contact with a confirmed case and has at least one critical/major (loss of taste smell, new or worsening cough, fever, shortness of breath) or two minor symptoms (runny nose, headache, nausea, muscle or body aches, etc.) and does not have a negative PCR test for COVID-19.