COVID Updates – Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Additional Secondary Cases

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Secondary Families,

We apologize in advance for the timing of this message, however we received additional notifications of four more COVID positive cases, two within our 12th grade, one in sixth grade and one in 10th grade. With the two additional cases in 12th grade, this brings our total number of connected cases to six. This means that our 12th-grade is now in outbreak status. All students were instructed to move into isolation and remain there until symptoms have gone away.

An outbreak is deemed if we have five connected cases. The guidelines below are from Jogan Health (Douglas County Health Departments contract Health Agency and also from the Douglas County School District)

  • 12th-grade students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic can remain at school and should wear a mask until the outbreak is resolved.
  • Unvaccinated 12th-grade students will need to quarantine for five days from today and can return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 if they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 at that time and should wear a mask until the outbreak is resolved.
  • Any student who is showing or develops signs of illness should stay home and seek testing.

We strongly encourage you to please take a look at our COVID Positive Tracking List for the most up-to-date list of both student and staff cases.

As a reminder, please do not come to school with any symptoms and please do what you can to help us mitigate the spread of COVID.

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 the next steps.

If your student is sick or you are keeping them home out of an abundance of caution, please remember to call our attendance at 303-683-7836.

At this time, there will be no synchronous instruction that will take place for students who are absent. Students will have two days for every one day they are absent to complete their assignments and check-in with their teachers.

Please note: Extended absences start on the 11th school day that a student is absent. If an absence continues past 10 days, parents will need to complete the Extended Absence Form.

Thank you,

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

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