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McKinley-Thatcher Elementary is committed to safe and equitable learning for all our students!
If your child shows any of the below symptoms, or if you think that your child is sick, please keep them home and call our main office at (720) 424-5600 to let us know. We encourage families to reach out to their health care provider about COVID-19 testing and treatment, or to contact one of the DPS School-Based Health Centers, which provides FREE health care to all DPS students.
Reminder: if a student shows usual, unchanged symptoms of a known chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma), they can come to school.
Families may also review the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s guidance for families on when students are too sick to come to school.
If your child stays home sick, please call the school at (720) 424-5600 to let us know. A student may return to school as long as they have not vomited within 24 hours and have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
A child should stay home from school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms, and the symptoms are not due to a known, chronic condition (for example, allergies or asthma).
If a student becomes sick during the day, they will come to our main office immediately. Our nurse or health technician will work with the student and school staff to make sure the sick child is safely isolated while contacting their family. We will work with families on a case-by-case basis in order to determine when a sick child is ready to return to the building.
An individual who has tested positive for COVID will follow the current DPS isolation policy, which can be found on the district’s COVID-19 Guidance page. All reported cases will appear as active on the DPS COVID Dashboard for 5 days, per CDC guidance. Families are encouraged to refer to the COVID Dashboard for information on case numbers in our building.
If your McKinley student tests positive for COVID, please inform our school office immediately by calling us at (720) 424-5600. COVID-positive students should follow the district’s isolation policy (see below).
If you have questions or need help understanding this isolation policy, please contact our main office at (720) 424-5600.
ALL DPS students receive FREE healthcare through Denver Health’s School-Based Health Centers. Our 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.
All people in Denver, including children, can also receive FREE PCR COVID testing through COVIDCheckColorado. There’s even a testing site behind South High School (located at All-City Stadium), which is just a few minutes away from McKinley!
Our school health office is fully stocked with at-home rapid COVID test kits. If your family would like a test kit (or several!), please reach out to us by calling our main office at (720) 424-5600 or stopping by our front door.
Please call our main office at (720) 424-5600 or email McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org.
For specific information on COVID-19 quarantine and isolation protocols, please contact our school nurse, Ms. Jennifer Iltis, at Jennifer_Itlis@dpsk12.org.