FFC8 COVID-19 Updates, Resources and Response

  • Overview

    This page is dedicated to providing the FFC8 community with educational, health, and community information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on FFC8. This section of the website will be updated as new information becomes available.

    Per a Department of Defense memorandum issued July 28, 2021, all persons age 2+ must wear a mask when inside FFC8 schools on Fort Carson, irregardless of vaccination status. View the memorandum here.

    The district also follows the guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

     

    Health Data

    The EPCPH COVID-19 dashboard can be found at https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

    As required, FFC8 is reporting all positive cases to EPCPH (both cases we are made aware of and tests administered by the district).

     


    Important Information

    The following specific behaviors will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, and are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH).

    • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid close contact and put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who are not immediate members of your household.
    • FFC8 highly encourages all students, staff and family members to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when inside in public settings, especially if you are not vaccinated. Masks are not required in El Paso County for vaccinated persons. Masks are required indoors on Fort Carson (to include all schools) for all people age 2 and over, regardless of vaccination status.
    • FFC8 requires that if a student's family member is being tested for COVID-19, then any students in that household should isolate/stay home until test results for that household member have come back. Parents/guardians should contact the school nurse if someone in the household is being tested for COVID-19.

      


Definitions

  • Vaccinated/Partially Vaccinated

    In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

    Isolation

    A person is in isolation after displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive and is kept home for 10 days or until they are no longer infectious. 

    • When in isolation you must stay home and away from others. Only have contact with those who are providing you care. 
    • Do not go out in public, except to seek medical treatment. 
    • Isolation lasts for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or test date, and until an individual is 24 hours without fever. The isolation period is 10 days because most people positive with COVID are no longer infectious after 10 days.
    • FFC8 requires that if a student's family member is being tested for COVID-19, then any students in that household should isolate/stay home until test results for that household member have come back. Parents/guardians should contact the school nurse if someone in the household is being tested for COVID-19. 


    Quarantine

    A person who was in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is displaying COVID-19 like symptoms are sent home to quarantine. 

    • When in quarantine you must stay home, avoid all public places and keep away from others who are not part of your immediate family.
    • Do not go out in public, except to seek medical treatment. 
    • Stay home for 7-10 days after your last contact with the individual who has, or is suspected to have, the virus. The quarantine period is dependent on individual situations.
    • If an individual in quarantine lives in the same household as a symptomatic person in isolation, the close contact must remain home for the 10 days of isolation and then quarantine for 7-10 more days to ensure they do not develop symptoms. 
    • If you become symptomatic during a quarantine, you should notify the school immediately. In addition, you should get tested to avoid further spread of the disease. If you test positive, you will need to be placed in isolation, and then follow the guidelines listed above. 


    Close Contact

    A close contact is defined as any individual who was within 3 feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes in a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

     

    Outbreak

    Five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among student/teachers/staff from separate household with onset within 14 days in a single classroom or cohort. This would include students who happen to test positive on the same day and the exposure was documented outside of school.


FFC8 Notifications

  • The district works closely with El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) regarding response to and the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. EPCPH and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have issued guidance for schools and child care centers on addressing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks, which can be found online at the link on the right of this page.

    Guidance from EPCPH includes notification of impacted persons. Some contact tracing and notification is conducted by EPCPH and some of it will be done by the school. Those individuals determined to be at risk of exposure to COVID-19, due to symptoms or a positive case, will be notified directly.

    Schools will contact families directly by telephone if students are required to quarantine as recommended by EPCPH. Schoolwide messages will be sent to staff and parents if there is a situation that impacts school operations, if there is an outbreak in the school, or if the school needs to close. 

    All positive case reporting is done in conjunction with EPCPH and reflected in their community database, which can be found at: https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard In all cases, the names of individuals within the district who are affected by COVID-19 will be kept confidential. The district has a legal obligation to uphold HIPAA privacy rules and will follow the policies of local and state health departments.