The NES PTA is working hard to gather and communicate the best information available to our community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please remember this situation is extremely fluid. We are trying hard to keep the site current with the most up-to-date information.
You can find more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control websites.
For recent letters from various administrators, please follow this link.
BVSD Covid Protocol Reminder
Dear BVSD Families,
We look forward to welcoming our students back to school starting tomorrow. Prior to students arriving in the morning, we wanted to provide one last reminder about the health precautions and COVID-19 protocols everyone can expect when they visit our schools.
Everyone 2 and older must wear a mask while indoors at all times. No gaiters or bandanas are allowed. Masks are not required outdoors however, students and staff that feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors will be supported and not discouraged. Bullying will not be tolerated.
If you feel your student has a medical disability that prohibits them from tolerating a mask, you must request a review of your student’s needs through your school principal. There is no form to initiate the request. Please see this document for a complete review of the process.
There are a number of resources available to help guide you when your student is sick.
- Stay Home When You Are Sick – CDC
- How Sick is Too Sick – CDPHE’s recommendations on when students must stay home and when they can return to school.
If your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms they must stay home and you should contact the school for next steps.
|Major Symptoms||Minor Symptoms|
|Fever (100.4 or above)Cough Chills or feeling feverishLoss of taste or smell||Sore ThroatHeadacheMuscle / Body aches or painDiarrhea Vomiting / nauseaFeeling extremely tired|
If a student is experiencing fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, or chills (major symptoms) that last longer than 24 hrs they must have a negative PCR COVID test to return to school or they will need to stay home for 10 days.
If a student is experiencing any other symptom (minor symptoms) that last longer than 48 hrs they must have a negative PCR COVID test to return to school or they will need to stay home for 10 days.
Testing is available through BVSD and COVID Check Colorado throughout the district – see the schedule here.
Parents MUST report a positive test result to the school.
Contacts and Quarantines
In Preschool and Kindergarten, the entire class/cohort will be considered exposed and asked to quarantine if there is a positive student in the classroom.
Based on guidance from Boulder County Public Health, Routine Classroom Exposures will NOT have to quarantine in grades 1-12.
- A Routine Classroom Exposure is defined as: an exposure that occurs strictly in a traditional school classroom, where students are seated and not engaging in any high-risk activities (such as singing). Seating charts must be kept and layered mitigation followed for an exposure to qualify as a routine classroom exposure.
In grades 1-12, if an exposure occurs outside of a routine classroom environment, contacts will be identified as anyone masked and within 3 ft for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hr period. All students identified as a contact will be directly notified with instructions on how long to quarantine and possible exemptions to quarantine.
Most outdoor exposures will not be asked to quarantine.
Exemptions to quarantine include:
- Fully vaccinated – 2 weeks past the 2nd dose of vaccine
- COVID positive within 90 days of exposure
When we determine there has been an individual in a classroom, athletic activity, extracurricular activity or child care program, who has a positive case of COVID-19, we will send notifications to staff and families of close contacts.
We will also send a courtesy notice to the classroom or other activity / program indicating that an individual who has tested positive has been in the program. It will include information on what to watch out for and what to do if symptoms develop.
We no longer will be sending school-wide messages every time there is a quarantine. Families may continue to monitor BVSD’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
Routine COVID testing will be offered at BVSD elementary, middle and K-8 schools every two weeks. If you would like to sign your student up for routine testing, see our website here for the schedule and registration information. These sites can also be used for symptomatic screening as needed by any student or staff member of any school. Note: If you were registered for testing last year you will need to re-register on COVIDCheck’s website to provide consent for your student to be tested this year.
Thanks, as always, for your partnership. Our goal is to keep our students in school five days a week, with as few interruptions as possible this school year.
– BVSD Health Services
BVSD Covid-19 Dashboard
For the BVSD Covid-19 dashboard, pleas follow this link. The dashboard has current number of active cases at each school, number of students and staff quarantined, and date that the quarantine will be completed.
Covid-19 Testing Information
Information on where to access testing can be found at Boulder and Broomfield Counties websites:
- Boulder County Public Health – COVID Testing Information
- City and County of Broomfield – COVID Testing Information
- Call 211 or visit the 211 Colorado website (www.211colorado.org). They provide a listing of testing sites and additional COVID-19 resources across Colorado. Multiple languages are available.
- BVSD offers free COVID testing to employees through COVIDCheck Colorado (you must log into the BVSD intranet first)
- Please notify Health Services if you receive a positive COVID test
- Fever or Chills
- Shortness of breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Other additional symptoms that could be early signs of infection: body aches or headaches, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, and sore throat.