District and state news that affects the FCMS community will be posted here. In addition, you will find links and resources below to help you navigate this time.
- Cases and Outbreaks in Schools—Definitions and Response (Colorado Department of Eduction)
- Can I Go to School Today? (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
- FCMS Drop-Off Procedure video
ILLNESS EXCLUSION GUIDANCE
Thanks to all families for their continued vigilance with keeping ill children home and being careful about them returning to school too soon. We appreciate your open communication regarding symptoms if your child is absent. Please remember to keep seemingly well siblings home, too, if anyone in the household has COVID symptoms and/or a pending COVID test.
According to a recent update by Larimer County Public Health, recently, more positive COVID cases (in both adults and children) have been presenting with relatively mild symptoms. Therefore, with an uptick in COVID cases locally (see Larimer County Dashboard for daily updates) and schools just starting in-person hybrid learning, this is not the time to let our guard down.
We are following the state’s Cases and Outbreak Guidance (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) and Larimer County Health Department’s guidance. This guidance was again updated last week and is subject to change at any time.
The following summarizes current exclusion guidance while currently in “Safer at Home.” This guidance does NOT apply if the child is considered a close contact/known exposure to COVID:
| Major Symptoms
|| Minor Symptoms
If ANY symptoms resolve in 24 hrs and stay resolved for 24 hours, child can return to school (without COVID testing)
If MINOR SYMPTOMS ONLY resolve within 48 hours—and stay resolved for 24 hrs—child can return to school as long as he/she consistently wears a mask.
If a student has new loss of taste or smell (for any duration) or ANY of the major symptoms >24 hours or any combination of symptoms >48 hours, they must isolate and not return to school for 10 days UNLESS they have a negative COVID PCR test result. This will need to be the PCR test, not the rapid test. Student also needs to meet the other requirements: fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication) AND overall symptoms improved.
A Note on Testing
Current available tests for COVID include a rapid test (antigen test) and molecular test (PCR test). The rapid test may be offered in the provider’s office and you get a result in less than an hour. This is helpful and reliable if the result is positive. However, it can miss an acute infection and therefore is not as reliable if result is negative. Therefore, if a rapid antigen test is negative, it must be confirmed with a PCR test before returning to school.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES (Rev. 9-30-20)
Our new school has a dedicated drive through lane for both drop-off and pick-up. It is extremely important that we keep to our window for drop-off to limit both traffic on our cross streets as well as mitigate potential group mixing.
Families will be provided two vehicle tags with your child’s name and teacher to be displayed in the front right side of your vehicle to assist with both drop-off and pick-up. Staff members will be present to support children. All traffic signs must be followed while on campus and while exiting to ensure everyone’s safety. Please remember to respect our neighbors when entering and leaving our campus by driving slowly and carefully.
- Drop-off times Elementary only 8:00-8:15.
- Drop-off times Primary and families with both Primary and Elementary 8:15-8:30
PROCARE APP CHECK-IN
- Please download the Procare app (Android or Apple)
- We have set up Geo-Fencing for our campus so you can sign-in without having to touch another device. Simply open your app on your device and sign-in when you come into range of our Geo-Fence. If you do not have the capability for this service, we will also have iPads with scannable QR codes to assist you with contactless sign-in. Please contact the office if you are unable to use either of these services so we can help find an alternative solution.
DRIVE THROUGH PROCESS
- For families coming in off of East Harmony, you will turn left into the property and drive through the parking lot. Following the direction of traffic to enter into the drop-off lane (far right lane when facing the East side of the building.) Once in the lane, a staff member will greet you and begin our check-in process. Once your child has been checked-in, you will follow traffic to exit campus onto South Shields.
- Families coming in off of North Shields, you will turn left at the turn pocket on North Shields following all traffic signs. Once on campus, you will then follow the through signs to the right-hand side of the drive ellipse in order to enter the Drop Off Lane on the west side of the ellipse, right in front of the building.
- Children may only be dropped off while in the Drop Off Lane. If you or your child has forgotten something, you may re-enter the drive lane by continuing around the drive ellipse to re-enter the Drop Off Lane, no exceptions. No one is to leave their vehicle while in any of the through lanes.
- Biking to School: If you are riding your bike to school and will want to store your bike on campus during the day, our bike rack is located on the Northwest corner of the building right next to the trash enclosure. Please make sure to secure the bike in the rack and remove any belongings that may be misplaced or mistakenly taken. Then proceed to the walking process.
- Walking to School: If you are walking to school, please enter the campus via one of the sidewalks on East Harmony road and proceed to the East front of the building. There is a cross walk across the parking lot that will allow you entrance to the front of the building. We will have cones set out to mark locations for walker/bike riders to wait to be checked in.
- All vehicle drivers and passengers, walkers/bikers, must wear masks during drop-off and pick-up times to protect the safety of everyone.
- Temperature check by an office staff member at the vehicle, or walker waiting line. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will be asked to wait for 10 minutes for a recheck before being released into the building. Walkers/bikers will be checked at the designated location with a cone. Please wait for a staff member to assist you.
- A scan of the Procare app QR code which will prompt you to fill out the COVID-19 self-screener questions.
- Caregivers will be responsible for opening doors and helping children in and out of their vehicle.
- Staff members will be stationed throughout the building and outside to escort children to their classrooms.
*Please remain in your vehicle until you are ready to buckle your child’s seat belt.
- Parents will display their vehicle tag with the child’s name and teacher on the right side of the vehicle to assist with dismissal.
- When you are in the drop-off lane and your tag is displayed, a staff member will radio your child’s teacher to bring them to the pick-up zone.
- Please sign out your child in the Procare app.
- The driver will be responsible for loading and buckling your child.
- When exiting the drop-off lane, please be aware of traffic in the through lane to avoid crashes.
- Exit the campus via a right hand only turn onto South Shields or circle back around the drive through ellipse to exit via the right hand only turn onto East Harmony.
GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
General building practices:
- We are restricting nonessential visitors, volunteers and activities from entering the building.
- Masks will be worn by everyone while inside the building. Please take some time to practice wearing masks for extended periods of time in preparation for the upcoming Phase change.
- Parents will be responsible for providing masks for their child(ren). It is recommended that each child has multiple masks in their backpack in the event that one gets soiled or wet.
- One-way direction signage is placed throughout the hallways to limit the possibility of students from different groups mixing.
Some Classroom practices:
- Children in different classrooms will not be allowed to interact with each other to limit potential cross-contamination.
- Hallway work will be suspended, and students will remain in their classrooms throughout the day unless they are going outside for lunch/recess/mask breaks or going home.
- Handwashing before and after using any materials will be the normal practice. Each classroom has multiple sinks to ensure children are able to wash their hands quickly and safely.
- HEPA filtration has been added to the brand-new modular classrooms that are not on the main building HVAC system but do have their own brand-new AC and heating.
- Mask breaks and lunch/recess will be outside, and we will encourage outside work as much as possible and practical.