Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,
We were informed today (Friday, Oct. 2) that one of our Middle School students has tested positive for COVID-19. We were able to determine that 73 students, along with 13 staff members, will have to enter into quarantine for a period of 14 days.
An Infinite Campus message has been sent directly to the impacted families, and the staff members have been contacted as well, with specific instructions.
While some of our students and staff must quarantine, there are students who will not need to because they were not exposed. However, due to a shortage of staff available to fill in to assist for in-person learners, we have had to make the decision to move all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to virtual learning for the week of October 5-8.
Additionally, we understand that your student may have been signed up to take the PSAT this week. We have rescheduled the PSATs to the week after Fall Break. Cohort A students will take the PSATs on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Cohort B students will take the test on Thursday, Oct. 22.
We’d like to remind families that the definition of exposure is within 6-feet for 15 minutes of someone with COVID-19 either two days prior to symptoms or during active symptoms. So, if you have a student that was with a student in the impacted cohort, your student is not necessarily considered exposed.
With over 2,000 students and staff that we could see during a school week, we expect that we will continue to have cases in the future. We will continue to operate with our cohorting class setup in secondary so that we can continue to minimize the impact on our school community and on student learning. While understanding that nothing is perfect, the hope is that the precautions we are taking will minimize the spread within our buildings.
We would like to celebrate the efforts of our students and staff who are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our building. Their efforts allow us to continue offering in-person learning for our students.
Thank you for your support,
STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications