COVID

2021-2022 Health & Safety Measures

Our district’s top priority through our COVID-19-response efforts has been and will continue to be in-person education in safe and healthy school environments. 


At its March 21 meeting, the Board of Education voted to modify the district’s COVID-19 protocols. Effective Monday, March 21, we transitioned our COVID-19 response procedures to “routine disease control.”

What does this mean? 
We will no longer track the number of COVID-19 cases. As a result, we will also no longer send weekly exposure notifications, nor will we have a positive-case-rate trigger for mask requirements. 


Masks are no longer required on Weld RE-4 transportation vehicles.  Masks are recommended, but not required, in all district facilities.


Immunizations

Children ages 5 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. View vaccine locations and providers available throughout Weld County. There are no plans to host a vaccine clinic or vaccine event through the district or our schools.


School Meals

School meals are free for all students for the 2021-2022 school year. High school cafeterias will continue to operate normally. Elementary and middle school meals may be served in classrooms or alternate locations, including outdoors. In the event of a remote learning scenario, Nutrition Services will provide take-home meals that can be picked up at one location / time.

We welcome parent volunteers to help provide additional support to our food services staff during lunchtime at our elementary and middle schools. Please check with your school about volunteering. Individually packaged food is recommended for celebrations.


Events

There are currently no capacity restrictions in place. Masks are recommended, but not required, in all district facilities.


Activities and Field Trips 

Students and families involved in field trips and other extracurricular activities are asked to respect the policies of the hosting district, and/or follow CHSAA guidelines for each individual sport / activity. Travel may take place within the United States. International travel is not permitted for the remainder of the school year.

 

Quarantines 

Aside from when a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms, quarantines occur only when there is a close contact within a household or when notified by a health department and will be between 5-10 days. A quarantine may end after five days if the individual does not exhibit symptoms. Individuals fully vaccinated — within six months of the second dose or who have received a booster — do not need to quarantine. Individuals who have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine. There will be no mandatory quarantines for in-school exposures. 


Other Mitigation Protocols

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, we encourage frequent hand washing and provide access to hand sanitation stations; have updated HVAC filtering; encourage outdoor learning and activities where possible; frequently disinfect facilities; and implement physical distancing where possible.

Bullying

We have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, and this extends to those who choose, or not, to wear a mask or vaccination status. Our goal is to create a safe and secure school environment. If your child experiences bullying, please speak with your school’s administration team or report it to safe2tell.org. 


Partnership

Our efforts to curb COVID-19 will only be effective with your partnership. Please continue to keep students home and/or stay home yourself when exhibiting illness symptoms


Screening and Attendance

We ask that staff and families continue to review and check for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. Please stay home if you or your child is exhibiting any symptoms or awaiting test results. Do not attend school or extracurricular activities. Call the attendance line to report if you or your child is exhibiting symptoms, has been tested, or will be tested for COVID-19. View testing locations on the Weld County Department of Health & Environment's webpage. Order free at-home tests through COVIDtests.gov.


Monitoring

We will continue to monitor area COVID-19 data, and will consult with the Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and other agencies as we navigate this ongoing pandemic.


Questions

If you have feedback or questions, please contact engage@weldre4.org.



As with any pandemic response, protocols may change at any point in time to best reduce the spread of this illness or as new information emerges.



 

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. It is a package of assistance measures, including for the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. Funds are provided to state educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students. 

In-Person Learning Plan
This webpage contains the Weld RE-4 School District’s plan for a safe return to in-person learning. If you have comments about this plan, please email engage@weldre4.org.

Use of Funds
Our district received more than $2 million in funds from the ARP. We utilized this one-time allocation to fund summer school; staff support positions in mental health, literacy and math, facilities, and English Language Learning; and tutoring services, among others. Learn more about the details of our district's ARP ESSER funding allocations.


Current Positivity Rate


Number of elementary classes currently masked due to 5 or more cases in a 14 day period

14-Day District Case Count

 
 

*Enrollment counts will be updated monthly

21-22 School Year Total District Case Count



Who is counted as a positive case? 

Only individuals that have tested positive and have notified the school.Notifications come from parents or from the health department. We verify that cases are not double counted. The date noted on the case is the onset symptom date, or, if asymptomatic, the test date. 

Do all absences count as a COVID-19 absence?
No. Only individuals that are identified as COVID-19 positive count. If a child is ill without a COVID-19-positive test, on vacation, needing to quarantine due to an exposure, etc., they do not count and are not included in the data.

How is the percentage of positive students calculated?
The total number of cases recorded during the last 14 days is totaled and then divided by the school population, which includes students and staff. Cases that have been identified to have started on the 15th day are removed each night.