Communication: November 9, 2021
Dear Woodland Park Families and Staff,
Throughout the school year, we have continued to monitor and adapt our response to COVID to balance the safety and welfare of all students and staff with the desire to remain open for in-person learning. As previously communicated, the District had implemented " Scaled COVID-19 Response Mitigation Triggers" as a uniform plan for all schools at the start of the year. We have been pleased with the strategies and the cooperation and understanding of our community.
As we continue to progress through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the available personal tools for protection and mitigation have increased, including the authorization of COVID vaccines to our students aged 5 - 11. This is a major step in the recovery. As such, we are now confident in the ability of our families and staff to make personal decisions about their own welfare and will no longer be requiring masks.
The District will continue to monitor the health and safety of staff and students in collaboration with Teller County Public Health and Environment. This will include a continued communication to our staff and families when there has been a possible COVID exposure as well as the continued use of the District COVID Dashboard.
As a reminder, families should continue to screen their students for illness before sending them to school. Any students, staff or school visitors experiencing symptoms should not report to school or school activities. Should a student or staff member display symptoms of illness, as always they will be sent home until symptoms are no longer present. Students and staff are welcome to continue wearing masks as desired.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
The Woodland Park COVID Response Team
Masks are not currently required within school and district buildings for those that have been vaccinated and are strongly encouraged for those that have not been vaccinated.
On school buses and vans, WPSD requires all students and staff to wear masks in compliance with federal mandates.
Students and staff notified by TCPHE to quarantine will be expected to follow this directive. To learn more about the identification of close contacts and who is required to quarantine, visit the link below.
Quarantined individuals may return after 10 days from the LAST contact with a positive case. Note that a person testing positive is assumed contagious for their entire isolation period (minimum 10 days, improving symptoms, and no fever for 24 hours).
Ill Students and Staff
School health staff will follow the guidelines below if a student or staff reports to school ill:
The following flowchart will support the return to work/school for non-covid related illnesses.
Students and staff that are positive for COVID-19 will be required per TCPHE to isolate for 10 days, and are considered contagious 48 hours prior to symptom onset and a minimum of 10 days after testing positive or symptom onset.
Students will be encouraged and provided the opportunity to practice periodic handwashing.
Our Facilities, Operations, and Transportation staff will continue to ensure that our schools and buses provide the safest possible environments.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING:
While our students, families, and staff are and will continue to be resilient, we also recognize the pandemic created environments inside and outside our schools that can cause stress, anxiety, depression, or a sense of uncertainty. As we transition back to more normal classroom environments, WPSD will focus on delivering SEL curriculum, adding additional counseling services, monitoring student well-being, and building back school communities. Through partnerships with community agencies, WPSD has added supplemental mental health services for those families that wish to access support. Additionally, staff continue to have access to FREE mental health supports through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Now more than ever, we are committed to developing students' social emotional learning competencies and the wellbeing of our staff in order to create thriving school environments. For more information, please contact our school students support service teams.
Thank you to everyone for the continued support and efforts in reconnecting our school communities.