Free COVID testing through COVIDCheck Colorado
The CDPHE is partnering with COVIDCheck Colorado to provide free COVID-19 testing at several locations throughout the Denver-metro area. This service is available to everyone. If your child is showing any symptoms, please schedule your test using the link below. As a reminder, our schools are not testing sites if your child has symptoms.
Children's Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall
Children’s Hospital Colorado infectious disease specialist Jessica Cataldi, MD, MSPH, discussed the basics of how mRNA vaccines work, the efficacy and safety of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines, and reviewed the recommendations about vaccine allocation and prioritization in Colorado. Following her presentation, Dr. Cataldi answered participant questions.
To layer or not to layer…CDC has a recommendation!
To improve how your mask protects you, the CDC is now offering guidance on two ways to layer your mask:
- Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric.
- Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
- The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face.
Make sure you can see and breathe easily!
Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home. School staff can also use this tool to determine if they need to stay at home. Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health recommendations regardless of current symptoms.
This symptom screen refers only to new symptoms or a change in usual symptoms. A student/staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. These guidelines are in addition to your regular school guidance (for example, a child with vomiting should also not attend school based on usual school guidance).
If your child is/you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911.
If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.
❏ Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher
❏ New or unexplained persistent cough
❏ Shortness of breath
❏ Difficulty breathing
❏ Loss of taste or smell
❏ Muscle aches
❏ Sore throat
❏ Nausea or vomiting
❏ Runny nose or congestion
Layers of Protection
Free COVID-19 testing sites - Tri-County Health Department offers a list of free COVID testing sites in the metro area.
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease - National Association of School Psychologists
The CDC offers resources specifically for students and young adults to help manage stress during this time.
CDE COVID-19 Student and Family Resources
Resources for remote learning, student supports, health and safety, and more from the Colorado Department of Education