Middle and high school students return to in-person learning
By Carin R. Kirkegaard with information provided by Douglas County School District; courtesy photos
Douglas County School District (DCSD) middle and high school students returned to full time, in-person learning last month following the District’s spring break. Castle Pines community students woke to their “first” day of school being snow-delayed for 90 minutes – a different start than the traditional first day that typically happens in August.
Leading up to the return to in-person learning, DCSD student-facing staff have had access to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, current health and safety protocols, like mask wearing and following isolation/quarantine guidelines will remain in place. Layering additional health and safety measures like hand washing, increased ventilation, seating charts to minimize the impact of quarantines where possible, use of alternate and outdoor spaces and physical distancing where feasible will continue to be a part of daily operations in all DCSD schools.
DCSD staff who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be subject to quarantines, if it has been 14 or more days since the second dose. Fully vaccinated teachers will be able to remain in their classrooms should an exposure occur. Quarantines of students and unvaccinated staff will continue to happen at least through the remainder of this school year. Collaboration with DCSD, the Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will guide quarantine protocols and data tracking to better align with full in-person learning.
For additional information, visit https://www.dcsdk12.org/about/leadership/superintendent/road_to_return_dcsd_2020-2021/returning_m_s_and_h_s_students.