October 18, 2021
ECA is offering FREE rapid COVID testing to our staff and students (not family members) every Monday beginning October 25th. Staff can test anytime from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and students can test anytime from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 am.
Consent forms are required for students and can be completed using the following links:
Parents – By signing the consent you are authorizing your student to be tested whenever it is available, if you want or feel the need. It does not mean your student has to be tested every week. It does, however, mean if your student is symptomatic or you feel he/she needs to be tested for traveling purposes, athletics, concerts, or any other venue that requires proof of a PCR Covid result, it is available to your student at no cost every Monday here at ECA.
August 20, 2021 –
As many of you know the Tri-County Health Department has put forth some new guidance for schools. I would like to take a moment to talk about how this will impact ECA and our students. For right now, this guidance is in alignment with what we have put forth so far this school year. The only specific change that needs to be spelled out at this time, is that all students11 years old and under are required to be masked at all times. We do not have many, but we do have some students that may fall under these specifics. Teachers who instruct students 11 years old and under are also required to wear masks.
We do need to reiterate, that students and staff that are not vaccinated are required to be masked, and those that are vaccinated are highly encouraged to wear masks throughout the day within the building. The State has had increases in COVID infections and hospitalizations in both Adults and Children. We must continue to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus as well as other illnesses.
Please remember that if you have any of the following symptoms you MUST stay home:
Vomiting or Nausea
Loss of Taste
Runny Nose or Congestion
Muscle or Body Aches
New or Worsening Cough
Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
In addition, you will need to call your student in and provide us with the symptoms. If your student is absent for two days in a row with any of the symptoms referenced above, he/she will not be able to return without a negative PCR COVID test. Follow this link for testing sites in your area https://www.tchd.org/827/Free-Testing-Sites. If you do not call in, our staff will be reaching out to gather the information.
We really want all students to remain in person as much as possible, so please help us protect each other.
The Early College of Arvada maintains our commitment to keeping our community safe and continue to monitor the on-going COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). We appreciate your cooperation when calling to report an absence by leaving as much detailed information as you can such as: fever (specify temperature), vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, respiratory illness including shortness of breath, cough, etc. Please also specify whether you have seen your health care provider and whether or not you have received an official diagnosis. We are tracking all reported illnesses in our building, including staff, and are sharing a live document with our district registered nurse, Emily Ziniel, of Children’s Hospital who monitors our records daily.
If you come into contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, please stay home and let our Health Assistant/Operations Manager, Julie Ramsey, know immediately. We are also advising families to stay home if they come into contact with someone who tests positive and are asking them to notify the school. Kaiser has issued the following guidance on next steps. If you come into contact with someone who tests positive, Kaiser advises the following:
- Call the Kaiser Appointment and Advice Line at 303-338-4545.
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they will direct you to a nurse who will help set up an appointment for you to be tested.
- If you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but have concerns, they will send a message to your doctor and have your medical care team get in touch with you.
- If you have traveled recently or are planning to travel, they can connect you to the Kaiser Travel Clinic to talk you through your specific case and advise accordingly.
If you are not a Kaiser patient, please adjust the protocol above (1-4) to include your primary care physician.
If one of our staff or students tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify our district registered nurse, CDPHE, CDE and TCHD. Upon their direction, we will promptly notify our ECA community with all pertinent information including any school closure information. Additionally, we will communicate regularly with staff, families, and partner schools with updates. Communication to our ECA community will be by way of auto dialers, texts, emails, social media (Facebook and website) and local news postings.
If your student has documented adverse risk factors or conditions that would intensify the Coronavirus and those factors or conditions would prohibit or minimize school attendance please contact Mrs. Ramsey and Principal Anderson for special placement. Public health officials recommend prior to and in the early phases of a pandemic or outbreak, to practice every day good health habits and to non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to prevent and protect the human population from the spread of a highly infectious illness. Everyday good health habits include the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, stay away from others to prevent passing on your illness to others.
- Stay home when you are sick so you prevent passing your illness on to others. Please continue to follow the guidelines for wellness and protection provided by CDPHE as well as their “How Sick is Too Sick” guidelines for staying home.
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with a tissue and then throw away the tissue.
- Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing and often throughout the day. Washing the germs is always best and the preferred method. If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% of alcohol can also reduce the number of germs on our hands to a lesser extent, but CDC said products that are alcohol free or have a lower percentage of alcohol are not as effective.
- Properly dispose of used tissues and thoroughly wash hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread touching these body parts.
- Stay a minimum of 6 feet away from anyone showing symptoms of an illness.
- Practice other good health strategies – clean and disinfect surfaces in your home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, and be physically active.
In the event our school closes due to this virus, our academic plan may include:
- Modify lessons
- Extend the school year
- Reduce finals schedule to maximize learning
- Apply to the State for a waiver
We are currently communicating with Front Range Community College and CU to establish a protocol should we, or they, have effected students or staff. Our partner schools will alert us should they have a confirmed case at which time we will consult with Children’s Hospital, TCHD, CDE and CDPHE and we will proceed following their direction.
ECA has adopted a Highly Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan/Emergency Operations Plan and is working diligently with Children’s Hospital and local health care providers to ensure the health and safety of our ECA community.
Additional information on COVID-19 is available by calling CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (including weekends) or by emailing COHELP@RMPDC.org. Answers are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and other languages. Additional information is available online from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Thank you for your dedication and support in helping to keep our ECA community healthy and safe!