Updated September 3, 2021
Each day before students and staff come to school they must look over the below list of symptoms which can be found on our When to Stay Home Tool (in English and in Spanish). If students have any of the below symptoms they should stay home and call the school immediately.
- Loss of taste and/or smell
- Feeling feverish, having chills or a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher
- New or unexplained persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny nose or congestion
Every individual (including staff, students and visitors) in a DSST building will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, during school hours and student-facing school activities like sports and clubs (unless a student has a documented accomodation within an IEP or 504 plan). Masking is crucial at this point in time, because we know that even vaccinated people can spread the virus, and keeping our community safe and healthy is our highest priority. With the mask requirement, we anticipate far fewer interruptions to in-person learning as well.
Vaccinating your student as soon as they are eligible is the best way to prevent disruptions to in-person learning and to keep our communities safe. You can find more information about vaccines here.
- Read more about the benefits of vaccination here and here.
- Find information about vaccine sites through Denver Public Schools here.
- Find COVID-19 testing locations and resources here.
We are excited to continue our partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado to provide free, fast, and convenient COVID-19 community sample testing to all in-person staff and students this school year. We encourage all families to enroll your student in the sample testing program. If you were enrolled in the program last year, you need to re-enroll for this school year.
Community sample testing is the process of testing a small group of individuals within the community regularly to mitigate asymptomatic community spread of the virus. We will offer free weekly on-site community sample testing to staff and students beginning Monday, September 13th. If you consent to your child being tested it does not mean they will be tested each week, but that they are part of the group eligible for testing and will be tested at least monthly. You will be notified of their results via text and email within 24-48 hours of their test.
What can we expect school to look like in the fall?
DSST is excited to start the 2021-22 school year in person. While precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of all our students, staff, and community, many things will be able to return to the way they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. The more students and staff who are vaccinated, the safer our return will be with less likelihood of disruptions to in-person learning. Find out how to get vaccinated here. Masks will be required for all students, staff, and visitors to all DSST campuses.
Can my child learn remotely?
If you have specific medical concerns about your student returning to in person learning this fall, please contact your student’s school.
Does my child have to wear a mask?
- All staff, students, and visitors in a DSST building will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, during school hours and student-facing school activities like sports and clubs, unless there is a documented accommodation within a student's IEP or 504 plan.
- Masks will not be required outside, since the risk of COVID transmission is significantly lower outdoors.
Will there be daily screenings for symptoms?
Each day before students and staff come to school they must do a self-screen to determine if they should stay home and not come to the school building. Every day before they leave home students should use this tool, look over the list of symptoms and if they have any, they should stay home and call the school immediately. The school will tell them their next steps, which will likely involve a COVID-19 test.
Is my child required to get vaccinated?
DSST students are not required to be vaccinated, but it is strongly encouraged. More information about the vaccine and how to get vaccinated can be found here.
Will my child have to quarantine if they are exposed?
- Students who are vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they have a close contact with another person. Unvaccinated students will need to quarantine after a close contact with a positive case.
What will happen if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
DSST will follow the Colorado isolation requirements, and any student who tests positive will be required to stay in isolation until they have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without using medicine that reduces fevers) AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Are DSST staff required to be vaccinated?
Per guidelines from Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools, all DSST staff members will be required to be vaccinated by September 30, unless they receive a medical or religious exemption.
Will these guidelines apply to the entire 2021-22 school year?
We will likely make changes to masking requirements and other guidelines as the year progresses. The more we work together to stay masked and get vaccinated, the more likely we are to be able to loosen regulations. Please check back here for up-to-date COVID guidance and information on testing, vaccinations, and other Covid-related resources.