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Overview: COVID-19 Response Dial

New recommendations for mask wearing in response to the rapidly spreading Delta variant were released on July 27, 2021, and have continued to evolve. Team Adams 14 will commit to maintaining COVID-19 health and safety protocols that align with guidance from state and local health agencies, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Based on this guidance, and in collaboration with school leadership and the SD14 Classroom Teachers’ Association, we have created a COVID-19 Response Dial and protocol that takes into consideration the community COVID-19 vaccination rate, the Adams 14 employee and student COVID-19 vaccination rate, and our community COVID-19 transmission rate. The Adams 14 COVID-19 Response Dial and protocol will vary based on the aforementioned data, and our response will be clearly articulated in a Green Zone, Yellow Zone, and Red Zone

 

The district will distribute a weekly message to the community, which will include upcoming events, district news and highlights, as well as a weekly update on the Adams 14 COVID-19 Response Dial – letting families know which zone we are based on health data. 

The weekly updates to the COVID-19 Response Dial will also live on this Adams 14 COVID-19 webpage, and color zones will be prominently displayed in each school’s front doors to inform parents and guardians. 

Based on current health data, Adams 14 is in the Yellow Zone, which means that face coverings will be required of all students and staff while learning indoors. 

*Note: Student athletes in grades 6-12 will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks while participating in a sport regardless of the “zone.”

Green Zone
    • Community COVID-19 vaccination rate is 70 percent and over.
    • Adams 14 employee and student vaccination rate is 70 percent and over.
    • Community COVID-19 transmission rate is less than 35 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
      • Face coverings – face coverings are strongly encouraged for all students and staff while learning indoors, but not required.  
      • Elementary Specials – school specials will operate as usual, allowing students to travel to established art, music and physical education. 
      • Athletics – indoor and outdoor athletics proceed as usual, and in alignment with CHSAA and TCHD guidelines. Face coverings are required for all spectators.
      • Visitors – visitors are allowed inside schools by appointment with the front office, and face coverings are required for all visitors.  
Yellow Zone
    • Community COVID-19 vaccination rates, Adams 14 employee and student vaccination rates, and community transmission rates are shifting either in a positive or negative direction to determine whether we move to the Green Zone or Red Zone. 
      • Face coverings – face coverings are required of students and staff while learning indoors.   
      • Elementary Specials – school specials will operate as usual, allowing students to travel to established art, music and physical education. 
      • Athletics – indoor and outdoor athletics proceed as usual, and in alignment with CHSAA and TCHD guidelines. Face coverings are required for all athletes and spectators.
      • Visitors – visitors are allowed inside schools by appointment with the front office, and face coverings are required for all visitors.  
Red Zone
    • Community COVID-19 vaccination rate is less than 70 percent.
    • Adams 14 employee and student vaccination rate is less than 70 percent.
    • Variants of Concern circulating in our community impacting current strategies. 
    • Community COVID-19 transmission rate is more than 35 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
      • Face coverings – face coverings are required of students and staff while learning indoors.  
      • Elementary Specials – school specials will operate virtually from the established art, music and physical education rooms, and students will participate from inside their homeroom. Alternatively, specials teachers will travel to the classroom for class, using a cohort model. 
      • Athletics – indoor and contact sports will be evaluated, while outdoor athletics will continue in alignment with CHSAA and TCHD guidelines. Face coverings are required for all athletes and spectators. 
      • Visitors – visitors will not be allowed inside schools.

Adams 14 COVID-19 Safety Protocols 

Adams 14 has partnered with the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) to develop a swift response when notified of a positive COVID-19 case or symptomatic individual in the community. The following information outlines the district’s COVID-19 response process. 

  1. The building health clerk and/or attendance liaison contacts the student or family member regarding symptoms, onset date, vaccination status, last day at school, and any known exposure to someone positive for COVID-19.
  2. A member of the health team provides direction (directly or via supervisor) to the individual regarding the next steps. The next steps could include:
    1. Isolation due to positive test or symptoms
    2. When to get tested
    3. When to return to work or school
    4. Monitor and wait for test results
  3. If the individual has positive test results, known symptomatic exposures, or an exposure while unvaccinated, then the health team will send a written notification to the individual with isolation or quarantine guidance and return-to-work/school dates. 
  4. An evaluation of whether other individuals were exposed will be conducted. This evaluation is based on such factors as how long the individual was at work/school, whether they complied with mask-wearing requirements, and if they were vaccinated. If multiple staff/students have been exposed, the health team will work with the building lead/department head and the district’s communications department to notify those individuals. 

The Adams 14 COVID-19 Response Team consults TCHD for atypical cases to determine the need and length of time to isolate and quarantine. Please assist the Adams 14 COVID-19 Response Team by sharing documentation of all COVID-19 test results.

Vocabulary
  • Isolation: staying home from work, school, and activities when a person is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Quarantine: staying home from work, school, and activities after an unvaccinated person was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or TCHD or Colorado Department of Health and Environment exposure criteria are met. If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 during their quarantine period, they would begin isolation.
  • Exposed: When an individual meets the standard for exposure based on TCHD guidance. Factors may include: 
    • Being within 3 to 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, masked or unmasked
    • Participating in a high-risk activity (contact sports or after-school club activities, such as band, choir, etc.)
    • Wearing a mask or not
    • Vaccination status