Parents of School-Aged Children

CDC and CDPHE Guidance for Schools

We recommend the following COVID-19 guidance for schools in our counties:

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely conduct in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Students and staff who are up-to-date with their vaccines and boosters are well-protected from serious illness from a COVID-19 infection.
  • Free Community Vaccine Providers

Vaccination Rates for Colorado Public Schools

Check this CDPHE dashboard for COVID-19 vaccination rates in Colorado public schools. This dashboard is updated weekly and provides accurate, real-time school vaccination data.  More details and information can be found in this FAQ

Free Rapid Tests and Testing Resources

Colorado is distributing free rapid COVID-19 tests for parents, guardians, and caregivers to administer to school-aged children at-home. The program uses rapid antigen tests that show results within 15 minutes. Free tests can be ordered via the Biden administration's free at-home test program.

TCHD Pediatric COVID-19 Reporting

Our School District Case and Testing dashboard includes counts and rates for cases, vaccination, and testing with the ability to filter by date range and age group. By default, the dashboard is filtered by all cases. Select the filter on the left side to narrow down the time period and the incidence rate.

  • Check our data page for more information about local case counts, vaccination rates, hospitalizations, and more. Much of our data is also broken down by county and age group. 

Quarantine and Isolation within a School Setting

As an agency, we are working with our school partners in disease prevention and mitigation. We are recommending that schools send out an exposure notification outlining what the student/staff should do in school and at home if they have been exposed. If your child does develop symptoms we recommend testing. If a school identifies an outbreak contact tracing and quarantine are required for exposed unvaccinated close contacts. All schools are required to report all positive COVID cases and outbreaks to local public health. 

School Lunch Guidelines

For the 2021-2022 school year, students have not been required to mask during school lunches and lunches have been considered a low-risk exposure. CDC does not require additional lunchroom mitigations for students who return to school during days 6-10 of their isolation or quarantine period. Schools may promote distancing in these situations and may consider offering additional rooms or space for students during lunch.

  1. COVID-19 Resources
  2. FAQs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

Colorado Department of Health & Environment (CDPHE)

Children's Hospital

Additional Resources