Letter from the Nurse

April 29, 2021

 Dear Parents,

 The COVID-19 Pandemic has become more of an issue to be dealt with at Cotopaxi School this week.  There have been positive cases identified among the middle and high school student body over the past several days. At this time there are no known or suspected cases among the preschool or elementary student bodies or staff.

 We have been following the most current guidelines and working closely with Fremont Public Health in an effort to work with the current situation. The decision to go to remote learning for the secondary students is in direct response to these guidelines.

 I have been in contact with those parents whose child is considered a close contact (meaning a higher risk of exposure) of a student who tested positive. For the rest of the student body there is a lower risk of exposure, but due to positive cases in the school, some risk does exist.

 The following link is helpful for understanding/clarification for quarantine and isolation. Parents, please take a moment to look this information over.

Quarantine link: https://covid19.colorado.gov/isolation-and-quarantine

 A rapid response team will be providing a drive though COVID-19 testing event at the school on Monday May 3rd and Tuesday May 4th. Times are yet to be determined and will be announced when available. This testing is free of charge and results will be available in 24-48 hours. Testing remains optional to parents, staff and students.

 As the school nurse, I would like to strongly encourage all secondary students to be tested in an effort to return to in-person learning as soon as possible. The more information available as it relates to testing, positive cases, and overall community status will be helpful in guiding administration and Fremont Public Health with decision making for this current situation.

 It will be important to monitor for any of the following symptoms. Please notify Nurse Debbie if you child develops any of the following symptoms at 719-207-0350 or deggleston@cotopaxire3.org.

 Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 The following link has COVID-19 up to date information. https://covid19.colorado.gov/

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any question regarding this information.

Debbie Eggleston, RN