COVID-19 Information for Families

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We received news today that a fourth-grade student has tested positive for COVID-19. Following the updated guidance, the student has moved into isolation and we’ve initiated the updated protocols for close contacts. We have worked closely with the staff member to ensure all close contacts have been identified.

We have notified the parents of the students in the class that their students will also have to quarantine for the remainder of the school year.

We continue to work closely with Tri-County Health and follow their guidance to monitor for outbreak status and recommended next steps.

For more information about COVID-19 Guidelines, visit our STEM COVID-19 Information Hub.

Sincerely, 

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We received news today that a middle school staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Following the updated guidance, this staff member has moved into isolation and we’ve initiated the updated protocols for close contacts. We have worked closely with the staff member to ensure all close contacts have been identified.

We have notified the parents of 50 seventh grade students and 50 eighth grade students, that they will also have to quarantine.

The full 14-day quarantine will last thru the end of the school year, and assuming there are no other positive cases, that will be the extent of the impact. Per updated guidance, asymptomatic students could potentially return to school after 10 days, and attend one of the last days of school.

We continue to work closely with Tri-County Health and follow their guidance to monitor for outbreak status and recommended next steps.

For more information about COVID-19 Guidelines, visit our STEM COVID-19 Information Hub.

Sincerely, 

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

Friday, May 14, 2021

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

First, we have continued to work closely with Tri-County Health regarding potential outbreaks here at STEM. We have received confirmation that we did have a confirmed outbreak due to two cases within a recent 2nd-grade class quarantine. This is the second outbreak at STEM this school year.

As a reminder, an outbreak is when there are two or more positive COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period of the same quarantined group. In order for there to be a school closure, there must be five or more outbreaks at the same time.

In addition, we received news today of two separate and unrelated positive cases for COVID-19, one 6th grader, and one 11th grader. Following the updated guidance, these students have moved into isolation and we’ve initiated the updated protocols for close contacts. We have worked closely with each student’s family and teachers to ensure all close contacts have been identified. We have notified the parents of 31 students, that they will also have to quarantine. (28 sixth graders and three eleventh graders)

We continue to work closely with Tri-County Health and follow their guidance to monitor for outbreak status and recommended next steps.

For more information about COVID-19 Guidelines, visit our STEM COVID-19 Information Hub.

Sincerely, 

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We received news today that two middle school students have developed symptoms of COVID-19 and are both presumed positive cases for COVID-19. Following the updated guidance, these students have moved into isolation and we’ve initiated the updated protocols for close contacts. We have worked closely with the families and teachers to ensure all close contacts have been identified.

Following the updated guidance, these students have moved into isolation and we’ve initiated the updated protocols for close contacts. These two cases are within the same class and we will be working closely with the Tri County Health Department to determine next steps, should this be considered a classroom outbreak. Once we hear from Tri County Health, we will notify families and staff immediately. We have notified the parents of 15 students that they will also have to quarantine. (six 7th graders, nine 8th graders)

We continue to work closely with Tri-County Health and follow their guidance to monitor for outbreak status and recommended next steps.

For more information about COVID-19 Guidelines, visit our STEM COVID-19 Information Hub.

Sincerely, 

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We’ve been working closely with Tri-County Health over the last two weeks in regards to the Middle School COVID-19 positive case that was reported on April 20.WIthin the 14 day quarantine window, one of the quarantined students tested positive for COVID-19.

Tri-County Health conducted a standard review of the quarantined group to determine if this constituted an outbreak. Over the weekend, Tri-County Health informed us that they had completed their review and that it was in fact our first outbreak at STEM. There was no risk to any additional students or staff, as the second positive case had been in quarantine and they would now move into isolation for 10 days once they developed symptoms and tested positive.

An outbreak is when there are two or more positive COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period of the same quarantined group. In order for there to be a school closure, there must be five or more outbreaks at the same time. This is the first outbreak at STEM this school year.

Per guidance from Tri-County Health, the classrooms where the seventh-graders were present were part of a deep-clean by our custodial staff.

We want to reiterate that the reason we do a quarantine is so that if there are any additional cases, the students are already quarantined and the risk of spreading is limited significantly.

Thank you to all of you for your understanding and continued support and cooperation.

Please reach out with any questions to communications@stemk12.org.

Thank you,

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

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