COVID-19 Information

5/5/2022

Custer County School District would like to make the public aware of a positive COVID-19 case that was present at the May 4th school board meeting. If you were in attendance please monitor yourself for symptoms. If you would like a rapid at home COVID test they are available through Custer County schools and Custer County public health.

CCSD Covid Protocols

(Subject to change at any time)

If your student begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms please do not send them to school and seek testing before returning to school. Testing is available for students through the school nurse.  

Mandatory masking on buses as per the Federal Mandate for all public transportation.

Every reported case is reviewed with current guidelines and with county health to determine the best course of action for the health and safety of staff and students.

The state has let all statewide school-based health orders and mandates expire and instead has adopted a guidance model designed to empower local public health and local leaders to protect their communities using the mitigation strategies most appropriate to local conditions. The guidance provides practical tools to assess the risks of COVID-19 and minimize those risks. The guidance does not constitute statewide requirements, but instead outlines evidence-based best practices for local governments and schools to implement together to manage the current stage of the pandemic.   

 

CDPHE updates isolation and quarantine guidance for school settings

https://covid19.colorado.gov/practical-guide-for-operationalizing-cdc-school-guidance

 

STATEWIDE (Jan. 7, 2022) — Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is releasing an updated Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance to align with CDC’s new recommendations for COVID-19 prevention, including isolation and quarantine, in school settings released yesterday. This updated guide provides best practices and guidance for schools to slow COVID-19 transmission and help minimize the disruption caused by disease spread. It is intended to keep students and educators as safe as possible while maintaining in-person learning that is critical for students. 

 

This updated Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance reflects the following CDC recommendations in school settings:

 

  • Isolation recommendations align with CDC’s recent guidance for the general population:
     

  • Everyone with COVID-19 should stay home and isolate away from other people for at least five full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic people). People who have mild symptoms can end isolation after five full days only if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and if other symptoms have improved. They should wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public for an additional five days. People who are unable to wear a mask around others, including children under the age of 2 years and people of any age with certain disabilities, should isolate for a full 10 days even if they are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
     

  • Students, teachers, and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least five days (day 0 through day 5) after exposure if they are in one of the following groups:
     

  • Ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended third (booster) dose when eligible.
     

  • Those who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over two months ago and have not received a recommended booster dose.

  • Those who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

  • People who are unable to wear a mask around others, including children under the age of 2 years and people of any age with certain disabilities, should quarantine for a full 10 days after exposure.
     

  • Students, teachers, and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they:
     

  • Are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including third doses and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.

  • Are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Had a confirmed positive COVID-19 viral test within the last 90 days.

To provide time for Colorado educators to receive their third doses, staff who are fully vaccinated but have not yet received their third doses may return to work following an exposure until February 1, 2022. They must obtain a negative test result before returning to work and wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after exposure. Testing should be repeated on day 5. Effective February 1, the option to return to work based on vaccination status will only be available to teachers and staff who are up to date on vaccinations, meaning they have received a third dose of vaccine five months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or a second dose of any authorized COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after their Johnson & Johnson dose. Staff will be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations immediately upon receiving a third or booster dose; a 14-day window after vaccination is not necessary.
 

Everyone should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 10 days from the date of their last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). They should also get tested at least 5 days after having close contact with someone with COVID-19 or immediately if symptoms develop.

 

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19, and CDPHE recommends parents and guardians of children ages 5 and up make a vaccine appointment as soon as possible. There are more than 1,800 vaccine providers throughout the state, and all community vaccination sites provide vaccinations for those over the age of 5.

 

Last week, CDPHE updated quarantine and isolation guidance for the general population and health care workers to align with new recommendations from the CDC.

 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.