Students should be 24 hours free of the following before returning to school:
- Feeling Feverish, having chills or Fever
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
*Students may return to school with a cough, as long as they have received a negative COVID-19 or have been cleared by a healthcare provider, and have been without fever/vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours. Students with a lingering cough and negative COVID test are highly encouraged to wear a mask at school until it is completely gone.
Students who have a cough, and have not been tested for COVID-19 or cleared by their healthcare provider should remain at home for 5 days following the start of their symptoms following current isolation guidelines.
Just as a reminder, students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (can be very similar to cold, flu, allergies) should be evaluated for COVID-19 before returning to school.
There are a few recommended ways for your student to get evaluated for COVID-19 at absolutely no cost to you:
- Make an appointment with Denver Health’s School-based Health Centers (SBHC) by calling 303-602-8958. They can provide formal evaluation by a healthcare provider and complete testing if necessary.
- Get a drive through COVID test through the State of Colorado. Make your appointment online at https://my.primary.health/a/denverps.
- Complete an at-home COVID-19 test. You can get free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government: https://www.covidtests.gov/
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be at Farrell B. Howell ECE-8 School on Tuesday, June 28th from 12 PM to 8 PM to provide COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to anyone age 5 or older.
Anyone (age 5+) can make their appointment online at:
(Registro de cita en línea en español.)
Children 5 through 11 should receive a 1st booster dose at least 5 months after their primary series.
Those 50 and older and those who are 12 and older and immunocompromised should get a 2nd booster dose.
Vaccination with a primary series among the 5-11 group has lagged behind other age groups leaving them vulnerable to serious illness. With over 18 million doses administered in this age group, we know that these vaccines are safe, and we must continue to increase the number of children who are protected. I encourage parents to keep their children up to date with CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations. Learn more about boosters here.
COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER INFORMATION
Everyone 12 years and older should get a booster (3rd shot) at least 5 months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. (Those whose received the Johnson & Johnson shot should get a booster, mRNA preferred, at least 2 months after receiving their J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination.)