health and medical information
School Year 2020-2021 Health and Safety
We have received guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for responding to COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in our schools. This guidance defines when students, faculty/staff, cohorts, or an entire level or building will move between in-person and remote learning. As director and a parent of an incoming kindergartener, I know that this is a daunting thought. I ask that you begin to prepare yourself and your child for the likelihood that there will be various times throughout the year that we will move between in-person and remote learning, most often with very little notice.
As a University family there are many ways that we can work together to keep our community as healthy as possible. We have summarized many of our plans in our Health and Safety document. Personal responsibility will be an important part of our plan and we ask that each of us do our part to keep schools open as long as possible by practicing good hygiene, wearing facial coverings, and social distancing whenever possible. We ask our parents and staff to support our community by having students and staff who are sick stay home.
We are requiring parents to complete a Health Screening Form for their students on a daily basis. The child will not be allowed to attend school unless the health screening form is complete and the student's symptoms comply with requirements. A temperature is required on the form. This requirement will continue until further notice.
Illness at School
Wellness Screening: Families are empowered to complete wellness screenings prior to arrival at school. Students who are experiencing symptom(s) listed on the screener must stay home. Should symptoms develop at school, students will wait to be picked up in a space designated for individuals with symptoms of illness and will be escorted by designated school personnel to meet their parent/guardian at the building entrance.
Return to School: When your student is ill, timing for safe return to school will be determined based on symptoms, diagnosed illness, and the student’s ability to participate in usual school activities.
Parents can obtain early-dismissal slips from the front office to present to classroom teachers for release in case of medical and dental appointments. Students can obtain early dismissal slips at the middle and high-school levels with a note from a parent/guardian.
In accordance with the Department of Public Health, Environment Disease Control, Environmental Epidemiology Division, and Colorado Board of Health, all students must have on file an age-appropriate certification of immunization documenting that minimum immunization requirements have been met.
- If an immunization is contraindicated for your student for medical, personal, or religious reasons, the applicable exemption documentation must be on file and kept current for state-reporting requirements.
- You may contact the Colorado Immunization Section at (303) 692.2650 if you have questions about school-required vaccines and related requirements.
- University Schools registration is incomplete until current and up-to-date immunization requirement documentation is on file.
- Please contact your physician's office to either update school records or schedule immunizations. You can also obtain immunizations at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. Call (970) 304.6420 for information or to schedule an appointment.
Immunizations may be faxed in to the school:
- Elementary and High School: (970) 506.7070
- Middle School: (970) 576.3909
- Center for Disease Control 2018 Combined Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment IZ Chart K-12th for 2017-2018
We know that children need to be healthy in order to learn at their highest potential. University Schools health office staff are committed to our role in keeping students healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
During this time of year, we tend to see a higher incidence of illness as the weather keeps us indoors and families travel during the holiday season. The following information is intended to support student and community health by reinforcing healthy habits at home and at school. A healthy school environment requires the cooperation and effort of us all working together.
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and running water. Teaching children appropriate hand hygiene habits can result in the decrease of infections and absences that impact learning. Children should be reminded to wash their hands several times a day including before meals, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing, or using a tissue. It is also helpful to help children practice covering their coughs and avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
Did you know that drinking liquids is important even in colder weather? It’s true! As people breathe in and out, the body loses a large volume of water. Many complaints of headaches at school could be caused by not having enough fluid in the body. Remind your student to drink plenty of non-sugary drinks to keep him/her well hydrated in our dry Colorado air.
Hearing and Vision Screening
We recently completed vision and hearing screenings for your child at school. If you receive a referral letter, your student’s results indicate that your child may be experiencing some difficulty with hearing or vision. Although these results are not a diagnosis and do not necessarily mean that glasses or treatment is needed, we urge you to make an appointment now and take your child to a doctor to determine if there is a problem. If you need assistance with this, please contact the Health office for more information about obtaining resources.
This time of year we are more prone to seeing a few cases of lice. Head lice are certainly a nuisance, but they are not generally considered a health hazard. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses advocate that "no-nit" policies in schools should be abandoned. It is University Schools’ practice to contact parents if a child has been found to have live lice so they may be treated promptly. Students may return to school after they have received initial treatment.
What to look for - Mature head lice or their eggs (nits) are found in the hair, most often behind the ears and at the base of the neck. They are the size of a sesame seed (usually brown) and lay tiny white oval shaped eggs (nits) that are attached to hair close to the scalp. Nits may look like dandruff, but they cannot be easily removed because they are glued to the hair shaft. Head lice are most commonly spread by direct head-to-head contact with hair of other people who have head lice. Most often, the spread of lice to others occurs at home, not school. Sleepovers and bed-sharing are a major source.
Lice are less commonly spread through contact with an infested person’s personal items, such as hair brushes, hats, unwashed clothing, bedding, or towels. As an added precaution, students can still be reminded not to share these items. It is useful to periodically check your child's hair for lice or nits. Teach your child to avoid head to head contact with others.
There are a number of effective treatments for head lice. Treatment for head lice usually consists of shampooing the hair with a medicated shampoo. Consult with your pediatrician for treatment of head lice. Please see the following links for additional information: