COVID-19 Information for Families

COVID-19 Update

Update: November 12, 2020

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We were informed today (Thursday, Nov. 12) that a student in a fifth-grade class has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has moved into isolation and we have notified 23 Elementary students and the five staff members that they will also have to quarantine (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.

We’d like to remind families that the definition of exposure is within 6-feet for a cumulation of 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 offer four-day in-person learning in our Elementary School and 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

November 11, 2020

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We were informed today (Wednesday, Nov. 11) that two of our STEM students in the same family unit (one High School student in Cohort A and one Elementary School student) have tested positive for COVID-19. Both students have moved into isolation and we have notified 15 Elementary students, 50 High School students and the 13 staff members that they will also have to quarantine (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 High School students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 to virtual learning for tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 12).

We’d like to remind families that the definition of exposure is within 6-feet for a cumulation of 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 offer four-day in-person learning in our Elementary School and 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

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