COVID-19 Info

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COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

McKinley-Thatcher Elementary is committed to safe and equitable learning for all our students!

My Child Is Sick Or Was Sent Home with Symptoms. When Can They Return to School?

If your child is sent home or is absent because they are sick or showing one or more COVID-19 symptoms, families MUST follow our Return-to-School guidelines here.

Flier for when a sick child can return to school
Our School Readiness Plan

Please read our School Readiness Plan for in-depth information about all of our COVID-19 health policies and our commitment to equitable teaching. Families may also review our Return to In-Person Learning presentation or visit Denver Public School’s Coronavirus Information page for more information.

Masks & Other Preventative Measures
  • Our basic preventative measures for in-person learning include:
    • Wearing of masks for all staff and students age 3+. Please review the DPS mask guidance here.
    • Physical distancing inside the building as possible.
    • No visitors allowed inside the building except in emergencies.
    • Students will spend their entire day with the same cohort.
    • Hand-washing breaks scheduled every two hours.
  • Please see our School Readiness Plan for a full list and explanation of all our preventative measures.
Flier for Personal Protection for Staff
Flier for Personal Protection for Students
Flier to Wear Your Mask Correctly
Flier for Hand Washing & Sanitizer
Health Screenings for Staff & Students
  • All McKinley staff and students will complete a basic health screening before entering our building, consisting of a temperature and symptom checks.
  • Families are also asked to complete a health screening at home before leaving for school.
How Sick Is Too Sick to Go to School?

Please review the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s guidance for families on when students are too sick to come to school.

COVID health screening checklist
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Drop-Off & Pick-Up
  • Drop-off and pick-up will take place at each classroom’s exterior at staggered times to help promote physical distancing.
  • If you are dropping your child off late or picking them up early, please come to the front door and ring our doorbell.
Times for arrival and dismissal
Times for arrival and dismissal
Flier for arriving late or leaving early
ECE arrival and dismissal doors
K-2 arrival and dismissal doors
3-5 arrival and dismissal doors
What to Do If Your Child Is Sick at Home
  • If your child has a fever or other symptoms related to COVID-19, please keep them home and call the school to let us know. We will work with families to determine when a sick child is ready to return to the building.
  • Check out the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s guidance on How Sick Is Too Sick for School.
  • ALL DPS students receive FREE health care through Denver Health’s School-Based Health CentersOur School-Based Health Centers offer convenient and quick care through their telemedicine program. To make a telemedicine appointment, please call 303-602-8958. Appointments are often same-day and the School-Based Health Center staff can help families decide the best plan for returning their student to school.
What We Will Do If Your Child Gets Sick at School
  • If a student doesn’t pass their school health screening or becomes sick during the day, they will come to our main office immediately. Our health technician will work with the student and school staff to make sure the sick child is safely isolated while contacting their family.
  • We strongly encourage families whose students are sent home sick to contact Denver Health’s School-Based Health Centers for care and guidance.
    • ALL DPS students receive FREE health care through Denver Health’s School-Based Health CentersOur School-Based Health Centers offer convenient and quick care through their telemedicine program. To make a telemedicine appointment, please call (303) 602-8958. Appointments are often same-day and the School-Based Health Center staff can help families decide the best plan for returning their student to school.
COVID-19 screening and testing decision tree
What Will Happen If Our School Has a Positive COVID Case?

If a teacher, staff member, or student tests positive for COVID-19, the affected cohort will immediately move to remote learning for 14 days (including weekends). Those who had direct contact with that person(s) will also be required to quarantine. If a student or staff member has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, the cohort will move to remote learning for a minimum of three days to allow for additional disinfecting and monitoring.

What If I Have More Questions?

Please call 720-424-5600 or email McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org.