COVID-19 Dashboard

Covid-19 Updates

Thanks for visiting our Covid-19 Dashboard.  This webpage is for transparent sharing of information with our families about active and inactive cases of Covid-19 at our school as well as our health and safety protocols, available supports and frequently asked questions.  Please reach out to our Covid Coordinators Meg_Zimmerman@dpsk12.org or Christine_Johnson@dpsk12.org with any questions. 

Contact Tracing (as of 11/20)

Active Positive Cases (Inactive cases total 15; 4 staff, 11 students)

Active or Inactive:Start Date of Symptoms or positive test:Probable or Confirmed?Student or Staff?Remote or In-Person at time of symptom/positive test:Total # of other individuals quarantined as a result of this positive case
Active11.12.20ConfirmedStudentIn-person3 adults, 14 students
Active11.14.20ConfirmedStudentIn-person2 adults, 23 students
Active11.12.20ConfirmedStaffIn-person1 adult

Quarantined Cohorts: 

Grade/GroupStart DateReturn Date
Ms. Graves’ Class11.11.20NA – remote
Ms. Verita’s Class11.12.20NA – remote

Health and Safety is our top priority.  Here is our DPS 5 that we will follow daily:

DPS 5

Frequently Asked Questions

How are health checks done?

Every day at your child’s entry door we ask a series of questions about symptoms and take your child’s temperature.

What happens if my child fails a health check?

Any child that has a fever or symptoms stays outside and walks around to the front door to talk with the nurse to determine next steps.  This doesn’t mean your child has Covid-19.

My child has allergies so they have a runny nose a lot.  Does that mean they need to stay home every time their allergies flare up?

No.  What you can do is go to your doctor, get an alternative diagnosis and let the Covid coordinator know. Your child can then attend class as long as symptoms don’t change or become worse.

But what if my child seems to have a symptom but I know they aren’t actually sick?

We know it can be very inconvenient to families, but we can not allow anyone to stay in the building if they have a symptom.  You will hear from the nurse immediately about the next steps to return to class which could include the symptom clearing up and/or an alternative diagnosis from a doctor.

What health precautions are being taken in school?

So many!  We encourage you to reach out with any specific questions.  Here’s a short list of our health and safety measures: daily health checks, cohorting, masks, handwashing, hand sanitizing distancing, outdoor activities, lane markers in hallways, breakfast and lunch in the classroom, scheduled bathroom breaks, water bottles to replace water fountains, staggered arrival and departures, disinfection of all high touch surfaces 2-3 times a day

What do you do if you find out a student or staff member has Covid-19?

If there is a positive case, our Covid Coordinators have a tight protocol to follow including contact tracing and working closely with the health department.  During this process all families of students that have been in “close contact” with the positive case will be immediately notified.  This is also when quarantining decisions are made for individuals or a whole cohort. This process does involve engagement with the Denver Department of Health to make choices that are the safest for all.

What is considered ‘close contact’?

Close contact is when two individuals are closer than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes or any time individuals are in the same space without masks.

What is a cohort?

To limit the spread of any possible cases of Covid-19, cohorts are groups of students and staff members that total less than 35.  Students are only in one cohort.  Cohorts do not interact

What happens if my child is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

If your child is exposed, they will be put in a 14 day quarantine from the day of last exposure. You will want to closely monitor your student for symptoms. Your student will switch to the virtual learning classroom for the remainder of their quarantine.

What happens if my child’s classroom is quarantined?

If your child’s classroom is quarantined, the whole class will move back to a virtual setting. The class will be provided with a return date, stating when students can return back in person. You will receive an update at 5 days into quarantine and right before your return that says how many positive and negative tests have been communicated in the classroom.

Do I have to get my student tested?

No. DPS does not require testing. However, we highly encourage students who have been exposed or quarantined to get a COVID-19 test and communicate the results to our Covid Coordinators. There is free COVID testing for Medicaid patients through Dispatch Health. The number is 303-500-1518.  There is also free COVID testing available through the city at Paco Sanchez Park.  The Denver Health School Based Health Centers offer free COVID testing for all DPS students. The main number is 303 602-8958.

Health Supports Available

Our Denver Health School Based Health Centers offer many free services to DPS students including free COVID testing.  See here for more information.

There is free COVID testing for Medicaid patients through Dispatch Health. The number is 303-500-1518.  There is also free COVID testing available through the city at Paco Sanchez Park.  The Denver Health School Based Health Centers offer free COVID testing for all DPS students. The main number is 303 602-8958

Please reach out to our Covid Coordinators Meg_Zimmerman@dpsk12.org or Christine_Johnson@dpsk12.org with any questions.