Immunization Changes for 2021-2022
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the process of filing a nonmedical exemption will change. There will be two ways to file a nonmedical exemption.
File the certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR
File the certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of the online education module on the CDPHE website.
IMPORTANT: Nonmedical exemptions expire each year on June 30 therefore a nonmedical exemption must be submitted annually.
Please see the link for full details and downloadable forms.
Cotopaxi Schools have been coordinating with local public health agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), keeping in close contact with Fremont Public Health Department (FPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on this subject.
We want to take this opportunity to provide you information about how Cotopaxi Schools is monitoring this issue.
What is Cotopaxi Schools Doing?
Since the beginning of the outbreak, Cotopaxi Schools has been collaborating with our public health partners. The school district has an emergency operation plan and we work in coordination with these agencies to ensure the continuity of learning throughout any such situation.
It is important to know that during a major outbreak, we would follow the health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. There is no vaccine for the COVID-19.
Protecting yourself from Coronavirus COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses (source: CDPHE):
If you are sick:
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, and handrails. Additionally, we have stringent cleaning practices in place at all of our district schools and facilities to help avoid disease transmission.
Feeling Sick? Stay Home!
As always, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home. Please reference the documents that our school nurse sent out previously. It is also posted on our website.
In sharing this information with you today, our intention is to provide factual information about Coronavirus COVID-19. We will continue to update families and staff as we know more about the potential progression. As a community, we must work together for the safety and well-being of all of us and we appreciate your ongoing support of our schools.
Got Questions? For general questions about COVID-19, community members can call CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish.
For more information see the following documents:
Home Screening for Students
Covid Vaccine Timeline
Covid Vaccine Press Release 010421
Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless a medical or non-medical exemption is filed. For more information about vaccine requirements, resources and exemptions, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Immunization Information page https://cdphe.colorado.gov/public-immunization-information
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