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COVID IN COLORADO SCHOOLS: Denver teachers want distance learning despite revised COVID health guidelines

DENVER, Colo (KDVR) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has shortened the amount of time students and teachers need to isolate after COVID-19.

The move is in line with Colorado schools with guidance released by CDC on Thursday.

Effective immediately, students and teachers with mild symptoms of COVID-19 may discontinue isolation after five days if symptoms improve and if they have not had a fever for 24 hours. Children are still advised to wear a full face mask for another 5 days at home and at school.

The guidance comes as COVID continues to have a significant impact on Colorado schools. Friday, Adams County announced have a virtual plan from January 10-14.

“We’ve had a significant staff shortage that, in some places, has led to the need to switch to distance learning because they simply don’t have enough adults in the building to accommodate them,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert of Colorado. student service. Education Association.

On Friday, 26 schools in Denver were operating with full or partial distance learning, with hundreds of teachers and students falling ill with COVID-19.

Nearly 150 Denver school staff members tested positive for COVID as of Friday, with 349 students also testing positive for the virus.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association is now asking Superintendent Alex Marrero to travel remotely for a week, in a letter sent Thursday.

That letter read:

Enough is enough.

We cannot continually ask our educators for more. We must recognize the reality our schools are facing and ACT and ACT to support our educators who support our most valuable resource, our students. .

We urge DPS leadership to put safety first by: Moving the district to temporary distance learning for the rest of this week and next to allow students and staff to isolate , pass the audit log, and give infected students and staff time to heal.

Emails to DPS Saturday to see if this was being reviewed were not immediately returned.

“We are certainly watching that very closely and can foresee that other school districts will make announcements that a transition to distance learning may be possible based on staff shortages,” said Baca-Oehlert. really,” said Baca-Oehlert.

She said it’s important to prioritize face-to-face learning, but teachers are also concerned about the potential spread of COVID-19 among those still recovering from the virus.

“We’re really going to need to get serious about mask wearing, distancing, ventilation, all of which we know work to prioritize face-to-face learning,” she said.

In December, the CDC issued similar guidelines for people in general, reducing the quarantine period from 10 days to 5 days.

  • Isolation recommendations are consistent with recent CDC guidance for the general population:
    • Everyone with COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from others for at least five full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms, or the day the virus is tested positive for those without. symptom). People with mild symptoms can end their isolation after only five full days if they have not had a fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and if other symptoms have improved. They should wear a properly fitting mask when meeting others at home and in public for the next 5 days. People who cannot wear a mask around others, including children under 2 years of age and people of any age with certain disabilities, should isolate for 10 days even if they are asymptomatic or have other symptoms. mild symptoms.
  • Students, teachers, and staff who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should isolate for at least five days (days 0 to 5) after exposure if they fall into one of the following categories:
    • Are 18 years of age or older and have completed the recommended primary series of vaccines, but have not received a recommendation third dose (boost) when eligible.
    • People who received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completed the main series) more than two months ago and have not received the recommended booster dose.
    • People who have not been vaccinated or have not completed a primary series of vaccines.
    • People who cannot wear a mask around others, including children under the age of 2 and people of any age with certain disabilities, should isolate for 10 days after exposure.
  • Students, teachers, and staff who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to be isolated if they:
    • Are 18 years of age or older and have received all recommended doses of vaccine, including the third and primary booster shots for certain immunocompromised individuals.
    • Ages 5 to 17 and have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Had a confirmed positive COVID-19 virus test within the past 90 days.

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Tom Vazquez

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