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COVID-19 Update Center

SVCMS will continue to follow the most recent guidance from Boulder County Public Health, Colorado Department of Public Health and Education, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Illness

  • Families should follow Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) How Sick is Too Sick

  • Students experiencing a fever of 100.4° or higher, diarrhea, or vomiting must remain home for 24 hours after symptoms resolve unless the symptoms are caused by an illness that requires them to stay home longer. 

  • COVID testing is recommended for anyone with COVID-like symptoms or a known exposure. 

  • If your child will be missing school due to illness, please email attendance@svcmontessori.org the morning of the absence.

Positive COVID-19 Cases

  • Families are required to report any COVID-19 cases in the home to the health clerk, Jobie Stom (jstom@svcmontessori.org). 

  • Students and staff that test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic). 

  • Students and staff may return to the classroom on days 6-10 if the following conditions are met:

    • Fever-free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours

    • Symptoms are improving

    • Can wear a well-fitting KN95 (or similar) mask

  • Staff are required to report any COVID-19 cases in the home to Human Resources. 

  • Students and staff that have a positive household contact and have been exposed to COVID-19 , will be required to wear a mask inside for 10 days. It is recommended to test 5 full days after the date of exposure or if they develop symptoms. 

Masking

At this time, SVCMS will not require masks unless a student, staff, or volunteer has tested positive for COVID-19 and are in days 6-10 or has been exposed within their household. If your family decides to mask while in school, we will honor your decision. We have KN-95 masks available. If you would like a bag of KN-95 masks, please email the heath clerk, Jobie Stom

Vaccination

SVCMS, along with the CDC, continue to emphasize the importance of being up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Protection provided by the current vaccine against symptomatic infection and transmission diminishes over time, especially against the currently circulating variants. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available.

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands poster (stylized after the famous Keep Calm and Carry On print)

Building Ventilation

Over the summer of 2020, SVCMS conducted a thorough review of our HVAC and ventilation systems and took several steps to improve ventilation across campus, including:

 

  • Ventilation 

    • Ventilation has been increased above the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines to improve the introduction of fresh outdoor air into the building to dilute inside air when possible based on outdoor and indoor temperatures and air quality.

    • During occupied hours, the ventilation system is set to pull increased outside air as long as it doesn’t overheat or over-cool the spaces. This also may be adjusted when outdoor air quality conditions (such as forest fire smoke) are bad enough to impact occupant health.

    • The volume of air in rooms is 100% refreshed and filtered at a minimum of 4 and up to-12 times/hour depending on the volume of air being pulled into the building and the size of the zone each HVAC unit services. This could vary throughout the day as temperatures change. 

    • Recirculation of ventilation air will be reduced with the introduction of increased outdoor air.

    • Exhaust fans will operate at all times while occupants are in the buildings. 

  • Air Exchange Prior to Occupancy

    • All buildings are flushed with outside air one hour prior to student occupancy and one hour after occupancy.

  • HVAC, Filters, and Air Purifiers 

    • Merv13 filters installed in all HVAC units.

    • HVAC units were retrofitted with UV germicidal lights where possible.

    • Air Purifiers operating in all classrooms with H13 Hepa and True Hepa filtration. 

  • Monitoring

    • Constant monitoring of the performance of the systems, as well as, performing all scheduled maintenance and filter replacements.

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