St. Vrain Valley School District plans to have all students back in the classrooms full-time starting in August, according to Deputy Superintendent Jackie Kapushion.
Kapushion said, during the SVVSD school of education board meeting Wednesday night, unless something drastic changes, students will be back in person five days a week at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
As of Wednesday, Boulder County has had nine straight days of declining or stable hospitalizations and just over 69% of the county’s eligible population has received at least one COVID vaccine.
Across SVVSD there are 47 current active student cases of COVID-19 and two current active staff cases, with 556 students and six staff member quarantines, Kapushion said.
All eligible staff, who chose to receive a COVID vaccine, were scheduled to receive a full vaccine course by the end of March, according to a previous update by Superintendent Don Haddad.
The SVVSD LaunchED virtual academy — the districtwide full-time online instruction platform — will remain an option for families and students who want to remain fully online through the next school year.
“We are really, really excited about having our teachers and our students back in buildings five days a week for the start of the school year,” Kapushion said.
The board of education received questions about the use of masks and quarantine protocols for the next term, according to Joie Siegrist, SVVSD’s board of education president.
Masks and quarantine protocols have not been determined by public health agencies for public education institutions, according to Kapushion.
“We have not received notification as to whether masks or quarantines will be required for schools in August,” Kapushion said.
Many of the current state and county guidelines for the general public have yet to apply to schools this year, including mask usage outdoors, Kapushion said.
SVVSD will stay in close communication with local health departments, CDPHE and the Governor’s Office through the summer and update parents to the latest protocols as they become available, she said.
“The district will communicate with parents as soon as they have more information and as we get closer to the school year,” Siegrist said.