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Health & Safety Measures

Together we can keep our schools open, and keep our town strong. We have a history of helping out our neighbors when times get hard. By working together and doing our best, we'll help our community stay healthy. Read the material below closely and learn how to do your part.

Keep Schools Open!

Health Guidelines to Follow While at School

With help from our local health officials we've identified the simple guidelines that students and the school can do each day to protect our community. Click here or the image to learn how students can play their part while in school, and our commitment to health and safety as well.

How Do You Feel?

Remember To Do Morning Health Screenings

In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, all families will conduct daily health screenings of students before school. This includes checking for fever or any COVID-related symptoms, and making sure the student had no close contact with a COVID-positive person. Click here or the image for full info.

Mask up!

Masks stop the spread

Your families can help to keep schools open by wearing masks whenever necessarily. RE-1 commits to doing so as well!. Click here or the image to learn how to wear a non-medical mask.

What To Do If Your Child Is Sick

Far fewer cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in children than in adults. Usually, the virus causes a milder illness in kids, though some children have become pretty sick. Parents and guardians can use the Colorado Department of Health symptom checklists below to determine when to keep their child at home based on symptoms of traditional illness (like chicken pox) or COVID-related symptoms.

Click on the documents below to see full-sized, printable versions.

What Should I Do if My Child Has Symptoms?

Call your doctor if your child has a fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or just doesn't feel well. If your child has been near someone with coronavirus or been in an area where lots of people have coronavirus, tell the doctor. Talk about whether your child needs a test for coronavirus. The doctor can decide whether your child can be treated at home, should come in for a visit, can have a video or telehealth visit.

Watch for signs that your child might need more medical help. Go to the ER if your child looks very sick to you, has breathing problems, is confused or very sleepy, has chest pain, has cold, sweaty, pale or blotchy skin, is dizzy, or has very bad belly pain. Call 911 if your child is struggling to breathe, is too out of breath to talk or walk, or turns blue or has fainted.

How Can I Keep My Family Safe if My Child Has Symptoms?

Keep your family home until you talk to your doctor. If the doctor thinks your child's symptoms could be COVID-19, everyone in the household should stay home until testing is done or symptoms are gone. Keep other people and pets in the house away from your child as much as possible. Try to have one person only care for the sick child so others are not exposed.

If your child is over 2 years old and can wear a face mask or cloth face covering without finding it hard to breathe, have them wear one when the caregiver is in the room. Don't leave your child alone while they're wearing a mask or cloth face covering. If possible, have your sick child use a different bathroom from others. If that isn't possible, wipe down the bathroom often. Everyone in your family should wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use regular household cleaners or wipes to clean things that get touched a lot (doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, phones, etc.). Do this every day.

Responding to positive cases of COVID in our schools

The district is working closely with the Montezuma County Health Department and our local hospital on guidance for responding to cases of COVID in our school communities (staff, students, families). Below is a brief outline of the process we'll initiate with positive cases. For a more in-depth report see section 1.8 - Responding to positive cases of COVID in our schools, in our Citizen's Guide to Reopening.

Notification – The district is committed to notifying staff and families as soon as practical when there is a confirmed case of COVID in our school community that would trigger a temporary class or school closure. The Montezuma County Health Department receives all results for COVID testing in our community and will contact individuals who have tested positive, and will carry out the “contact tracing” process. Contact tracing on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation is completed by the Ute Mountain Ute Public Health Department.

Communication – Upon learning of one or more individuals testing positive for COVID in our school community the district will issue a letter to parents and staff with information regarding the class, school, and bus the patient belongs to, what follow up action the hospital deems necessary, and health information for those effected. Please say closely connecting with us so we can alert you to any necessary updates.

Quarantine, Isolation, and Temporary Online Learning – When a COVID patient is identifed they will be "isolated" and their close contacts will be "quarantined." Their classrooms and bus routes will be suspended for 14 days and temporary online learning will be offered to all students effected.

 

Health Advisory committee

The district meets regularly with a local health advisory committee consisting of the Health Department, Hospital, Tribal Health Department, and local physicians.

We recognize the importance of the local community COVID context in making these difficult decisions regarding implementation of our health and safety guidance as well as responding to positive cases of COVID in our schools.

Montezuma-Cortez
School District Re-1

400 North Elm Street
PO Box R 
Cortez, CO 81321-0708
(970) 565-7522