FFC8 COVID-19 Updates, Resources and Response
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.
The district also follows the guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
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).
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.
- Parents/guardians should contact the school nurse if someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
What is an Outbreak?
An outbreak is considered 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.
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.