Healthy School Levels

Healthy school levels protocols are used in conjunction with the school’s operational model as provided by the Office of Catholic Schools.

Level 1 Red Status: High level due to substantial community outbreak and spread of COVID-19
Level 2 Amber Status: Elevated level due to moderate community outbreak
Level 3 Blue Status: Guarded level due to potential spike in community spread, or an increase in faculty, staff and/or student absenteeism
Level 4 Green Status: Preparedness level due to no or a low risk of community spread

Level 1: Red Status

High

Level 2: Amber Status

Elevated

Level 3: Blue Status

Guarded

Level 4: Green Status

Preparedness

Level 1

High level due to substantial community outbreak and spread of COVID-19

  • Continue to coordinate with local health officials, CDE, CDPHE, and the Governor. Guidance will be given to school leadership as to the best course of action.
  • Consider extended school dismissals in collaboration with local health officials and Office of Catholic Schools; implement extended school dismissals (longer than 2 weeks) based upon guidance received.
  • Cancel extracurricular group-based activities until further notice.
  • Cancel school based after school programs until further notice.
  • Cancel large events (assemblies, spirit nights, field trips, sporting events) until further notice.
  • Implement remote/distance learning for continuity of education.
  • Conduct a thorough and deep cleaning of entire school campus.
  • Provide limited access (if permitted) to school campus (teachers, principals, special learning needs) based upon guidance.

Level 2

Elevated level due to moderate community outbreak

  • Coordinate with local health officials to determine which set of strategies may be appropriate based upon infectious disease and outbreak levels.
  • Increase screening and symptom checking based upon guidance from local health officials.
  • Cloth face masks worn majority of time by teachers and staff; especially in close contact with students.
  • Cloth face mask wearing encouraged with students, especially those with chronic health conditions.
  • Implement multiple social/physical distancing strategies, source control measures, student groups/cohorts and restricting access to school campus.
    • Maintain social/physical distancing in hallways, restrooms, gymnasium, library, cafeteria/lunchroom/food service areas, carline
    • Increase space between student desks
    • Turn student desks to face the same direction
    • Increase ventilation in the classroom
    • Stagger arrival and dismissal times
    • Stagger or suspend access by student groups/cohorts to lockers
      • Grade specific, i.e., PS-5 vs 6-8 vs high schools
    • Avoid mixing students in common areas i.e., lunches in classrooms or stagger lunch/recess/library/restroom breaks to limit group size and adhere to social distancing strategies.
    • Cancel field trips, assemblies and other large gatherings including school-wide parent meetings, special group performances, etc.
    • Mass celebrations with permissible numbers as per state, local health officials, and archdiocesan guidelines.
    • Monitor CSAL (Catholic Schools Activities League grades 3-8) and CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) for guidelines on practices, games and other extracurricular events.
    • Cancel or modify classes where students are likely to be in very close contact (e.g., PE, Choir, Band, Speech).
    • Reduce congestion in the health office through the use of separate areas:
      • Sick students with flu-like symptoms report to a designated area (must not be in contact with other staff, students, volunteers) with its own bathroom.
      • Students who need first aid or medication administered may visit a designated common area (e.g., main office) for treatment/medicine.
    • Limit non-essential visitors and volunteers to the school campus.
    • Limit special programs – especially if travel is involved to another school (e.g., robotics, academic clubs).
    • Post signs and remind staff, students and families to maintain social/physical distances from each other.
    • Increase cleaning and sanitizing of all spaces, hard surfaces and frequently touched/shared use items.
    • Increase student and teacher cleanliness and hygiene using healthy hygiene practices.
      • Train teachers how to clean/sanitize
      • Train students cough/sneeze protection
      • Schedule regular handwashing or use of hand sanitizer when moving between classroom and other spaces (create wash station in classroom, if possible).
    • Continue to accommodate the needs of students and family members with simultaneous online learning who are at risk for:
      • Serious illness or underlying medical conditions (history of asthma or other lung disease, diabetes, cancer etc.).
      • Absenteeism – perhaps not due to being sick themselves, but due to family members who are at high risk or family members who have tested positive and/or have concerning symptoms and/or are in self-quarantine.

Level 3

Guarded level due to potential spike in community spread, or an increase in faculty, staff and/or student absenteeism

  • Intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts in all areas of the campus, especially those used more frequently than others.
  • Provide EPA-registered wipes and sprays to staff if not already in the school and reorder if necessary.
    • Keep all cleaners and disinfecting products out of the reach of children/students.
  • Monitor and plan for absenteeism in faculty, staff and students.
    • Teachers should have 2-3 weeks of unit plans prepared in the event of an absence.
  • Post signs and remind staff, students and families to maintain distances from each other.
  • Update and add to substitute contact list; use staffing agency if possible.
  • Identify critical jobs that require coverage and tasks that need to be accomplished; plan for alternate coverage and implement cross-training of school employees.
  • Remind faculty, staff and students of attendance and sick leave policies.
  • Consider ways to accommodate the needs of students and family members at risk for serious illness or underlying medical conditions (history of asthma or other lung disease, diabetes, cancer etc.).
    • Simultaneously allow brick and mortar learning as well as distance learning for continuity of education.
  • Post on school website and distribute the “How Sick is Too Sick: When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care” guidelines from CDPHE/Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Remind and encourage staff and families to prepare for special guidelines (e.g., wearing of cloth face masks, extending the return to school in 24 hours to 48 hours if the staff member/student had a fever, diarrhea and/or vomiting to deter a norovirus outbreak, etc.)
    • Recommend that starting on October 1 (typical start of cold/flu season), schools post a statement that faculty, staff and students can return to school 48 hours after the last incident of vomiting/diarrhea.
  • Note and track what infectious disease is a concern in the school community and/or makes up the school’s population. For example, does the school have a significant number of students that are not vaccinated?
    • Identify all students who have not been vaccinated for that disease (Influenza, measles, mumps, etc.) so that they may be notified and excluded/excused from school immediately if an outbreak were to occur at the school or in the county.
    • Determine what level of absenteeism will disrupt the continuity of teaching and learning and plan accordingly.
    • Provide alternatives to students and families so that teaching and learning can continue if possible.
  • Communicate to the staff and school community the communication plans:
    • Messages via Flock Note, email, text, phone
    • Re-distribute updated Staff Calling Tree – if applicable
    • Public Health Department and school district notifications on school closures
    • (official media sources, e.g., news channels, radio stations, etc.)

Level 4

Preparedness level due to no or low risk of community spread

Plan and prepare for the possibility of community outbreaks. This should be done in collaboration with the local health department and other relevant partners. This level is focused on maintaining cleaning and disinfecting protocols, teaching healthy hygiene practices, and staying in communication with school community members and partners.

  • Focus on strategies to reduce the spread of infectious disease (e.g., seasonal influenza, norovirus, COVID-19).
  • Teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices (handwashing, sneezing, coughing):
    • train staff so that staff can teach/remind students
    • emphasize washing hands for 20 seconds
    • ensure adequate supplies (soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissues, gloves)
  • Reference and use preprinted signage and educational videos to teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices.
  • As a reminder, emphasize to faculty, staff, students and families staying at home when sick.
  • Make sure immunizations of all students are current and note the students who are exempt as well as noting from what immunizations they are exempt.
    • School responsibility to notify parents if any infectious outbreak occurs that can potentially affect their child/ren.
    • School should maintain and easily accessed list of students without immunizations to make the notification process easier.
  • Develop information sharing with partners like the health department, other diocesan schools and public schools in the district.
  • Review attendance and sick leave policies (address quarantine guidelines when staff, students or close family members test positive).

Level 1

High level due to substantial community outbreak and spread of COVID-19

  • Continue to coordinate with local health officials, CDE, CDPHE, and the Governor. Guidance will be given to school leadership as to the best course of action.
  • Consider extended school dismissals in collaboration with local health officials and Office of Catholic Schools; implement extended school dismissals (longer than 2 weeks) based upon guidance received.
  • Cancel extracurricular group-based activities until further notice.
  • Cancel school based after school programs until further notice.
  • Cancel large events (assemblies, spirit nights, field trips, sporting events) until further notice.
  • Implement remote/distance learning for continuity of education.
  • Conduct a thorough and deep cleaning of entire school campus.
  • Provide limited access (if permitted) to school campus (teachers, principals, special learning needs) based upon guidance.

Level 2

Elevated level due to moderate community outbreak

  • Coordinate with local health officials to determine which set of strategies may be appropriate based upon infectious disease and outbreak levels.
  • Increase screening and symptom checking based upon guidance from local health officials.
  • Cloth face masks worn majority of time by teachers and staff; especially in close contact with students.
  • Cloth face mask wearing encouraged with students, especially those with chronic health conditions.
  • Implement multiple social/physical distancing strategies, source control measures, student groups/cohorts and restricting access to school campus.
    • Maintain social/physical distancing in hallways, restrooms, gymnasium, library, cafeteria/lunchroom/food service areas, carline
    • Increase space between student desks
    • Turn student desks to face the same direction
    • Increase ventilation in the classroom
    • Stagger arrival and dismissal times
    • Stagger or suspend access by student groups/cohorts to lockers
      • Grade specific, i.e., PS-5 vs 6-8 vs high schools
    • Avoid mixing students in common areas i.e., lunches in classrooms or stagger lunch/recess/library/restroom breaks to limit group size and adhere to social distancing strategies.
    • Cancel field trips, assemblies and other large gatherings including school-wide parent meetings, special group performances, etc.
    • Mass celebrations with permissible numbers as per state, local health officials, and archdiocesan guidelines.
    • Monitor CSAL (Catholic Schools Activities League grades 3-8) and CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) for guidelines on practices, games and other extracurricular events.
    • Cancel or modify classes where students are likely to be in very close contact (e.g., PE, Choir, Band, Speech).
    • Reduce congestion in the health office through the use of separate areas:
      • Sick students with flu-like symptoms report to a designated area (must not be in contact with other staff, students, volunteers) with its own bathroom.
      • Students who need first aid or medication administered may visit a designated common area (e.g., main office) for treatment/medicine.
    • Limit non-essential visitors and volunteers to the school campus.
    • Limit special programs – especially if travel is involved to another school (e.g., robotics, academic clubs).
    • Post signs and remind staff, students and families to maintain social/physical distances from each other.
    • Increase cleaning and sanitizing of all spaces, hard surfaces and frequently touched/shared use items.
    • Increase student and teacher cleanliness and hygiene using healthy hygiene practices.
      • Train teachers how to clean/sanitize
      • Train students cough/sneeze protection
      • Schedule regular handwashing or use of hand sanitizer when moving between classroom and other spaces (create wash station in classroom, if possible).
    • Continue to accommodate the needs of students and family members with simultaneous online learning who are at risk for:
      • Serious illness or underlying medical conditions (history of asthma or other lung disease, diabetes, cancer etc.).
      • Absenteeism – perhaps not due to being sick themselves, but due to family members who are at high risk or family members who have tested positive and/or have concerning symptoms and/or are in self-quarantine.

Level 3

Guarded level due to potential spike in community spread, or an increase in faculty, staff and/or student absenteeism

  • Intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts in all areas of the campus, especially those used more frequently than others.
  • Provide EPA-registered wipes and sprays to staff if not already in the school and reorder if necessary.
    • Keep all cleaners and disinfecting products out of the reach of children/students.
  • Monitor and plan for absenteeism in faculty, staff and students.
    • Teachers should have 2-3 weeks of unit plans prepared in the event of an absence.
  • Post signs and remind staff, students and families to maintain distances from each other.
  • Update and add to substitute contact list; use staffing agency if possible.
  • Identify critical jobs that require coverage and tasks that need to be accomplished; plan for alternate coverage and implement cross-training of school employees.
  • Remind faculty, staff and students of attendance and sick leave policies.
  • Consider ways to accommodate the needs of students and family members at risk for serious illness or underlying medical conditions (history of asthma or other lung disease, diabetes, cancer etc.).
    • Simultaneously allow brick and mortar learning as well as distance learning for continuity of education.
  • Post on school website and distribute the “How Sick is Too Sick: When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care” guidelines from CDPHE/Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Remind and encourage staff and families to prepare for special guidelines (e.g., wearing of cloth face masks, extending the return to school in 24 hours to 48 hours if the staff member/student had a fever, diarrhea and/or vomiting to deter a norovirus outbreak, etc.)
    • Recommend that starting on October 1 (typical start of cold/flu season), schools post a statement that faculty, staff and students can return to school 48 hours after the last incident of vomiting/diarrhea.
  • Note and track what infectious disease is a concern in the school community and/or makes up the school’s population. For example, does the school have a significant number of students that are not vaccinated?
    • Identify all students who have not been vaccinated for that disease (Influenza, measles, mumps, etc.) so that they may be notified and excluded/excused from school immediately if an outbreak were to occur at the school or in the county.
    • Determine what level of absenteeism will disrupt the continuity of teaching and learning and plan accordingly.
    • Provide alternatives to students and families so that teaching and learning can continue if possible.
  • Communicate to the staff and school community the communication plans:
    • Messages via Flock Note, email, text, phone
    • Re-distribute updated Staff Calling Tree – if applicable
    • Public Health Department and school district notifications on school closures
    • (official media sources, e.g., news channels, radio stations, etc.)

Level 4

Preparedness level due to no or low risk of community spread

Plan and prepare for the possibility of community outbreaks. This should be done in collaboration with the local health department and other relevant partners. This level is focused on maintaining cleaning and disinfecting protocols, teaching healthy hygiene practices, and staying in communication with school community members and partners.

  • Focus on strategies to reduce the spread of infectious disease (e.g., seasonal influenza, norovirus, COVID-19).
  • Teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices (handwashing, sneezing, coughing):
    • train staff so that staff can teach/remind students
    • emphasize washing hands for 20 seconds
    • ensure adequate supplies (soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissues, gloves)
  • Reference and use preprinted signage and educational videos to teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices.
  • As a reminder, emphasize to faculty, staff, students and families staying at home when sick.
  • Make sure immunizations of all students are current and note the students who are exempt as well as noting from what immunizations they are exempt.
    • School responsibility to notify parents if any infectious outbreak occurs that can potentially affect their child/ren.
    • School should maintain and easily accessed list of students without immunizations to make the notification process easier.
  • Develop information sharing with partners like the health department, other diocesan schools and public schools in the district.
  • Review attendance and sick leave policies (address quarantine guidelines when staff, students or close family members test positive).