Fort Collins charter school students exposed to person with coronavirus
Update, March 20: In an email sent to families, Director Shannon Gossard said the recommended 14-day monitoring period has ended. The Larimer County Health Department did not deem any Academy of Arts and Knowledge students or community members as high-risk for exposure.
"If your child has not shown any symptoms, you do not need to be concerned about the exposure," the email stated. "If you or your child have developed symptoms, the guidance is to self-isolate until you have been symptom free without the use of fever-suppressing medication for three days."
Original story: Students at Academy of Arts and Knowledge in Fort Collins may have been exposed to coronavirus after a community member in close contact with staff and students at the school tested positive for the virus.
Students were identified by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment as having a potential risk of contracting coronavirus, an email from the school to parents said on Tuesday.
Parents have been asked to self monitor students for any symptoms. The health department will contact families whose child may have been in close contact with the person who tested positive, the email said. If the child is determined to not have been in close contact, families will not be notified by the health department.
Academy of Arts and Knowledge will close for 72 hours for additional deep cleaning, the email said. The school previously announced an extended spring break between March 16 and March 27 to help slow the transmission of coronavirus. But on Wednesday evening, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order keeping school buildings closed through April 17.
"It is our obligation as a school community to strictly respect the measures recommended by health authorities for potential exposures, including social distancing and self-quarantine," the email said. "This is a rapidly-evolving situation and guidance from the health department can change daily."
The school will provide updates to families via email, text and on the school website.
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