COVID Update – Sixth Grade to Remain Remote Through Monday, Aug. 30

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Sixth-Grade Families,

We received word today that additional sixth-grade students have tested positive for COVID-19 and that there are several more with COVID-like symptoms who are currently being tested. For that reason, we are asking all sixth-grade students to remain remote through Monday, Aug. 30 as TCHD continues to investigate.

As we do with any positive case that we are made aware of, STEM consults with Tri-County Health Department (“TCHD”), the Public Health Agency for the Counties of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas, Colorado, to investigate and manage an outbreak of COVID-19.

Click here to read the TCHD Letter

Sixth-grade students will be able to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Aug. 31. We understand that some of our families may not have access to laptops. Our IT Department has a limited number of Chromebooks available for our families if needed. Please click here to access the sign-up form if you will need a Chromebook temporarily.

Your student’s teacher has been informed and will provide an update via email to students on what to expect for tomorrow. We understand that this news is frustrating and can lead to anxious feelings, but our Leadership Team at STEM would like to assure you that we are doing everything that we can to make sure that our students are safe and still getting access to their education.

As we see an uptick in COVID-positive cases happening at STEM, we’d like to remind our families to please comply with the following in order to help us continue to be able to serve all of our families with in-person learning, while also keeping our staff safe.

  • If your student is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not send them to school.
  • If you are awaiting a COVID-test result, please do not send your student to school.

Any student that comes to school with symptoms will be sent home. You can reference the Return to Learn Plan to see the COVID-symptom list.

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact our School Nurse, Mallory Jimenez ( immediately. She will then notify the appropriate STEM Leadership Team members to then initiate our communication process. Ms. Jimenez will then provide instructions on next steps.

We appreciate your collaboration during this challenging time. Please reach out to Mrs. Maura Ridder ( or with any questions.

Thank you,

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

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