Covid-19 Updates

APS Community:

In alignment with Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) guidance, we are shortening isolation and quarantine periods from 10 days to 5 days. This means that if you tested positive and are isolating at home or if you are unvaccinated and quarantining after being exposed to someone who tested positive, you are eligible to return to school and work after 5 days rather than 10 days. This only applies to those who no longer have symptoms and those whose symptoms are resolving (having no fever for 24 hours without the help of a fever-reducing medication) after 5 days. We are officially transitioning to this new guidance starting tomorrow (Monday, January 10, 2022). 

Please note that after isolation or quarantine ends, those who are returning to school and work will be required to wear masks at all times when around others for the following five days. Of course, masks are required at all APS schools and district sites.

We would like to emphasize that if you or your student is still experiencing significant symptoms after 5 days in isolation or quarantine, you or your student should continue to stay home. If you or your student are unvaccinated and in quarantine after exposure, we would also encourage you to get tested. As a reminder, free testing is available through COVIDCheck Colorado. APS staff members can click here to sign up for testing at the PLCC. APS students and families can sign up to get tested by clicking here.

If an APS student or staff member is currently in isolation or quarantine and meet the following criteria, they are eligible to return to school or work starting tomorrow (Monday, January 10, 2022):

  • 5 days have passed since symptom onset
  • Symptoms have resolved or are resolving (They have not had a fever for the past 24 hours and they have not taken any fever-reducing medication.)
  • This does not include students who are in quarantine due to a family member who tested positive in their household and are unable to isolate away from the positive individual.
  • Please note: Mask wearing will be required at all times when around others for at least 5 additional days.

As always, we will notify those who have been exposed and need to quarantine. We will specify that the quarantine period is 5 days. Parents and guardians, please continue to check your phones and emails regularly for notifications. Please note that in special circumstances, TCHD may require extending isolation and quarantine periods. We will notify staff, parents and guardians with appropriate isolation and quarantine dates as quickly as possible. If you have additional questions about your individual isolation or quarantine period, please talk to your healthcare provider, school nurse or supervisor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this change in guidance is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of COVID-19 transmission occurs early in the course of illness. Typically with the Omicron variant, which is now the dominant variant in the United States, transmission generally occurs in the 1-2 days prior to symptom onset and the 2-3 days after.

Important Update: Closed Campus Information

APS Community:

I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I know that many of you likely have safety concerns after the recent incidents involving gun violence near Aurora Central and Hinkley high schools. Please know that the safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We would like to inform you of what additional security measures and mental health supports we will have available for students and staff when they return to school tomorrow.

We are working closely with the Aurora Police Department (APD) to keep our students and staff safe as they lead the investigation into these two shootings. At this time, the Aurora Police Department says they believe the incidents were not related. 

We have also received messages from Safe-2-Tell with tips and information. We take each message very seriously and we work with Safe-2-Tell and APD to follow up on them. We continue to encourage our students to report any safety concerns, including possible social media threats, to a trusted adult or anonymously through Safe-2-Tell at 1-877-542-7233.   

In addition to the strong safety plans we have in place every day, we are putting the following additional measures in place:

  • As a precaution, we are increasing security on and near our high school campuses with additional support from the Aurora Police Department.
  • Starting tomorrow, all of our high school students will not be allowed to leave our high school campuses during the school day to reduce the number of unsupervised students outside our buildings. This means that students may not leave high school campuses during the school day, including lunch. Students may bring their lunches or pick up a meal through our school lunch program.

Exceptions to this will include: students leaving for classes at the Community College of Aurora and Pickens Technical College, students leaving the school with parent/guardian permission, students attending supervised athletics/activities, and students attending field trips with supervision. Students should check in with the main office prior to leaving campus. 

Parking lots will be considered off-limits and students may not go to their vehicles during the day without permission from the office. We will maintain this protocol at all of our high schools until Winter Break. We will determine at that time if we will continue with this protocol through the second semester and share that information with you.

I recognize that our students and staff may have difficulty dealing with these violent acts within our community. We will have counseling support available at all of our schools. If your student would like to speak with a counselor, please contact your school’s front office. 

As shared previously, this online resource from the National Association of School Psychologists may also be helpful as you talk to students at home about acts of violence.

Please remember that anyone can also call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 any time, day or night. They are available to help and support students and families.

As a reminder, all APS employees also have free, 24-hour, confidential access to counseling services offered through our Employee Assistance Program.

This is a difficult time in our community. Let us continue to work together to keep our community safe. Thank you for your continued support.

Rico Munn

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