Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 12

Mar. 12, 2020
 

Dear DPS Community:

We wanted to provide an update to our families and staff on how we are responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) issues affecting our community.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, March 12, there are no DPS students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update:

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colorado, per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: 49

  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Denver County: 10, (plus one indeterminate case, which means the test did not provide conclusive results)

Status of DPS Schools:

All DPS schools with the exception of the following remained open on Thursday, March 12.

These schools are closed on March 12, out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from health officials.

Status of DPS-Sponsored Travel:

There are rapidly changing conditions here in Colorado as well as across the nation related to the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, we have canceled until further notice all district-sponsored international and out-of-state travel for all students and staff. This was a very difficult decision, and the overriding priority – as always – was the health and safety of our students and staff. (More information is available here.)

Status of DPS Facilities:

DPS has an established system to keep schools clean and minimize the spread of a virus. This includes a nightly disinfection of bathrooms, most of which are cleaned using pressure washers. We also conduct scheduled touch-surface cleanings throughout the week; these cleanings are increased if there is an illness outbreak at the school. Coronavirus is a respiratory illness, and with any respiratory or stomach illness outbreak at a school, DPS school nurses and school leaders use the DPS infectious disease outbreak process to track illnesses, notify health department officials, clean and disinfect schools, and notify staff and parents.

Watch this Fox 31 Denver news story to see how DPS is disinfecting schools. 

What Can DPS Community Members Do?

Follow Health Precautions

  • Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children at home when they are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others.

Show Kindness and Compassion

This is an anxious time for the entire community. We are proud to be a Safe and Welcoming Community for our wonderfully diverse children and families, and we give each other comfort and strength by showing kindness and compassion. We ask that all remember that COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Our DPS community members have family and loved ones across the country and around the globe, and we become stronger by supporting each other.

Additional Information and Assistance

We have an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions for families and staff on the DPS website.

More resources are available from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (or by phone at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911) and on the DPS website.

Staff members who have school-specific Coronavirus concerns or information to share, please call 720-423-2322. That number is staffed around the clock, seven days a week.

Parents who have additional questions, please email CoronavirusInfo@dpsk12.org or call 720-424-4357.

Thank you for your continued support of each other, our children, and our educators as we work through this together as a community.