COVID-19 Protocols

FAQs: COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Protocols (2021-2022)

The below guidelines will begin effective April 4, 2022
*All guidelines & protocols herein are subject to change


Masks

Are students, faculty, staff and parents required to wear a mask?
What if my child is under the age of 5?

Are students, faculty, staff and parents required to wear a mask?

Effective April 4, 2022, masks will be optional for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. (Masks are still required on buses and other modes of transportation per federal mandates.) The CSS community will support those who choose to protect themselves by wearing KN95 and/or surgical masks. Each parent has the autonomy to personally require that their child wear a mask at all times throughout the school day. Regardless of a family’s preference, all will be treated with respect as committed to in the CSS Community Pledge. Each member of the CSS community should have a mask on-hand at all times. Overall, we reserve the right to assess and request that a mask be worn in the following situations:

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  • Whenever mitigation measures are unable to be implemented

  • Experiential, off-campus travel*

  • High community incidence of COVID (internally or externally) and rising trend of transmission

  • Various indoor events and assemblies
    • Each event or assembly during which a mask is requested will be advertised using the icon seen here


* In cases of experiential, off-campus travel, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and pre-quarantining may be requested and/or required.

What if my child is under the age of 5?

Each parent has the autonomy to personally require that their child wear a mask at all times throughout the school day.

Health & Safety Protocols

What are the mitigation measures in place at CSS?
If I, or someone within my family, contracts COVID-19, what should I do?
Are visitors allowed on campus?
Are COVID-19 vaccinations required?
How will the school record students with COVID-19 vaccinations?
How long must my student quarantine if exposed to COVID-19?
As a parent, how can I help?

What are the mitigation measures in place at CSS?

The CSS community will continue to layer the following mitigation measures:

  • While Daily Health Screening has been eliminated, personal screenings should be performed prior to arrival on campus to help screen for COVID-related symptoms. Students experiencing COVID-like or other symptoms should be kept home, consult their pediatrician, notify the Campus Health Coordinator, and be tested for COVID-19, where appropriate.
  • Mask-Wearing (Optional); Wearing high-quality, non-cloth masks remains an effective mitigation strategy against COVID-19 and we encourage anyone who wishes to wear a mask to do so
  • Disinfection
  • Hand-hygiene
  • Respiratory Etiquette
  • Ventilation (e.g., classroom windows and doors open)

The criteria and procedural steps for isolating and quarantining are outlined in the following communications provided by the CDPHE.

If I, or someone within my family, contracts COVID-19, what should I do?

Notify CSS Health Coordinator Dr. Melissa Hocate immediately for guidance.

Are visitors allowed on campus?

Long-term (15-minutes or more) campus visitors are permitted within buildings, by appointment only. Any visitor who will be in any CSS building for a duration of 15-minutes or more must sign in and sign out with Ann Runte in the Trianon Front Office. Masks are optional, however may be needed in circumstances with increased exposure among students grades five and under.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required?

Students age five and older are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. In cases of experiential, off-campus travel, proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be requested and required.

How will the school record students with COVID-19 vaccinations?

Vaccination status is being recorded by Infirmary Coordinator Ann Runte. To voluntarily share your child’s COVID-19 vaccination status with the School, please submit an updated Colorado Certificate of Immunization form via the FACTS Family Portal.

How long must my student quarantine if exposed to COVID-19?

Quarantine requirements will be subject to guidelines provided by the CDPHE. The School also reserves the right to transition to eLearning and require quarantine in the event of a rolling illness by grade level or division.

As a parent, how can I help?

Parents can help CSS preserve in-person learning and assist the school community in remaining healthy by doing the following:

  • Talk with your child(ren) regarding the importance of doing their part to adhere to mitigation protocols, and to have empathy and respect for those with different viewpoints. See the Community Pledge.

  • Keep your child(ren) home if they are ill.

  • Voluntarily share your child(ren)’s vaccination and health history with the Infirmary Coordinator via the Colorado Certificate of Immunization form.

  • Send your child(ren) to school with a mask to ensure they have a mask on hand at all times.

  • Provide a firm example of your support for CSS's mitigation protocols.

Transportation

Is Masking Required on School Buses?
How will drop off and pick up take place?

Is Masking Required on School Buses?

Masks are still required on buses and other modes of transportation per federal mandates. For more information on transportation, please visit the Transportation page.

How will drop off and pick up take place?

All parents/guardians will use carline drop-off and pick-up procedures. Maps of carline flow and assigned ingress and egress can be found here. Parents are requested to remain outdoors and not walk their children into any campus buildings. Students should be prepared to independently carry their own items (e.g. backpacks, lunches, band instruments, etc.) into the building(s).

School-Related Travel Recommendations

How will COVID-19 be Treated with Regard to School-Related Travel?

How will COVID-19 be Treated with Regard to School-Related Travel?

Students should adhere to all State and federal guidelines.

Personal Travel Recommendations

As an International Student, Can I get Vaccinated in the U.S.?

As an International Student, Can I get Vaccinated in the U.S.?

For international students, vaccinations are available in the United States. Please consult with CSS Health Coordinator Dr. Melissa Hocate for information on vaccine availability and locations.

Classroom / Learning Structure

If my child is ill or in quarantine, how will they be able to keep up with their assignments?

If my child is ill or in quarantine, how will they be able to keep up with their assignments?

Students who are ill or in quarantine should contact their classroom teacher(s) and their respective Division Director to keep up with schoolwork or adjust assignments. All CSS students will be issued css.org Google email accounts and all grade levels will use Google Classrooms to establish a consistent mechanism for delivering class content and streamlining the system for turning in assignments. The Google Suite for Education will allow for an easier transition to eLearning and will enable students to keep up with their classwork.

Lunch

How will lunch be served?

How will lunch be served?

Lunch will be served in the Maytag Dining Hall. Outdoor dining options will be made available and are encouraged, weather permitting.

Athletics & Extracurriculars

Will CSS offer sports and extracurriculars?

Will CSS offer sports and extracurriculars?

Masks will no longer be required for sporting events. CSS will continue to work in partnership with CHSSA and El Paso County Public Health officials.

Communications

How can I keep up-to-date with happenings at CSS?
What is the Community Pledge and how can I support it?
What constitutes valid enrollment?
Who should I contact if my question did not appear here?

How can I keep up-to-date with happenings at CSS?

Please refer to the online calendar, and to your division’s respective academic pages, for updates and important information on all things CSS. Happenings and updates will also be shared monthly in the School’s ROAR e-newsletter, weekly in the Kodiak Bulletin, and in individualized monthly letters from the Head of School and respective Division Directors. For more on happenings and daily news at CSS, please follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Student record and billing information can be accessed via the FACTS Family Portal. Text alerts will also be distributed through FACTS in case of emergencies or school closures.

What is the Community Pledge and how can I support it?

Through the stated Community Pledge, we acknowledge social responsibility to one another to stand together as one. This is not a waiver or legal document, but rather a commitment of each CSS family to prioritize the health and safety of students, teachers, and families of our broader community.

What constitutes valid enrollment?

In order to maintain full enrollment status, students must attend school. Unexcused absences in excess of 10 days will result in loss of enrollment. Dual enrollment is not permitted.

Who should I contact if my question did not appear here?

All COVID-19 related questions should be directed to the Office of Marketing & Communications at communications@css.org. Please use the email link provided to submit additional questions as we look to improve and update this page for all of our community members. Using this specific email will ensure a rapid response to questions within our community.

*Thank you for supporting CSS and for being a faithful Kodiak. Your support of our COVID-19 protocols greatly contributes to us maintaining a healthy School campus.