Updated 3/13/20

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Many of you have had questions about the potential of the school closing as well as concerns about the need to self-quarantine. Let me be very clear about the direction that Southeast Christian School is taking with the understanding that this is a dynamic situation that is changing daily. Here are 2 important documents from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment which we are closely following as guidelines for school closures and cleaning.

You need to Know:

There are no known cases of Covid19 associated with Southeast Christian School or Church. Therefore, we are business as usual unless the CDC or government mandate a closure. Southeast Christian School will remain open until such time that a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a church attendee, staff or student demands the required closure for 72 hrs. At that point, the School in cooperation with Southeast Christian Church would have a deep clean prior to reopening. All students would be expected to access distance learning tools. Should there be a second case, we would follow the same required procedures and close for 72 hrs with a deep clean then reopen. Upon the third case, the school would close for the required 14 days for deep cleaning and further review by the Tri-County Department of Health.

The documents with this guidance are attached, again please understand that this situation is dynamic and quickly evolving with new recommendations daily. We will update you immediately should we need to shift our response to the situation.

If you choose to Self-Quarantine:

First, thank you for respecting and loving our community in the event you are traveling to high risk areas. If you have an immunocompromised family member and are mitigating risk, we understand. Here is a form so that I can capture information to best meet your family’s needs https://forms.gle/UkfeKE6LePrBXN3h9

Southeast Christian School will have a distance learning platform ready to launch on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 for those students who will be staying home:

  • Students will need to have access to a device with internet capabilities.

  • Students will need to log in at specific times to access the classroom discussions and instruction.

  • Students are responsible for completing the assigned work and submitting online.

  • All other students will be attending class as usual. We will simply add a video component and online access to the assignments.

Should you need ideas for Learning at Home, here is a document that I put together to help PS-6 students. Click here to view. 

God is the God of peace. I pray that the peace that surpasses all understanding is with you as you and your family navigate the challenges of this season.

In Christ,

Michelle Davis, Executive Director


In our decisions and operations the safety of our students, family and staff is always our top concern.  We are currently being faced with a new illness, the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As you are aware federal health officials are preparing for a possible outbreak in the United States.  Southeast Christian School is monitoring the situation and taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Tri-County Health Department.

If there is a Coronavirus outbreak in our community, what would Southeast Christian School do?

While there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Colorado to date, we want to take this opportunity to provide you information about how SCS is monitoring this situation and what you can expect in the event of a major outbreak in Colorado.

SCS would work in coordination with public health agencies to ensure the continuity of learning throughout any such situation.

In the case of a major outbreak, SCS would follow the Tri-County Health Department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. Our focus would first be on ensuring the safety of students and staff, and, then on how education would continue, whether that be via electronic/remote systems, making up missed school days at a later date or other options that may arise as we work with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Our decisions will depend on the nature of the closures.  Please refer to the school handbooks regarding school closures and maintenance of services.

CDE has assured local school districts that they will provide support and additional flexibilities in the event there is a need for a prolonged school closure.

Know the facts

  • To become sick, someone has to be exposed to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
  • Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory viruses spread. However, even that is not a guarantee that someone will become sick with the virus.
  • For these reasons, people at higher risk of becoming sick are:
    • People who have traveled to China within the last two weeks.
    • People who have had close contact with someone who was confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.
  • Like any other virus, no identity, community, ethnic, or racial group in Colorado is more at risk for getting or spreading 2019 novel coronavirus.
  • State and local public health officials are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China or other identified hot spots to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Click here for a short video that you can watch with your age appropriate children https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Risk from other viruses is greater

  • There are many kinds of coronaviruses, like the common cold, currently circulating in Colorado and the U.S. that cause respiratory illness. While these viruses may also be called “coronaviruses,” they are not 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • There also are many other kinds of respiratory illnesses (such as flu) circulating right now.
  • At this time, people are at much greater risk of getting the flu than the 2019 novel coronavirus. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Symptoms and severity

  • Symptoms of respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Any of these illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
  • If you did not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely you have novel coronavirus. But if you are ill and concerned, contact your health care provider.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. There is currently no vaccine for the COVID-19.

It’s important to convey that risk is based on exposure. People at higher risk for exposure are:

  • People who have traveled to China within the last two weeks and have symptoms.
  • People who had direct close contact with someone who was confirmed to have the Coronavirus.
  • And like any other virus, no identity, community, ethnic, or racial group in Colorado is more at risk for getting or spreading Coronavirus.

What can I do to stay healthy?

The current risk to the general public in the U.S. from this virus is currently considered low. As recommended for other respiratory viruses, people can protect themselves and others through some simple actions.

Protecting yourself from Coronavirus COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

(source: CDPHE)

If you are healthy:

  • Continue your normal routine. This means you can continue to participate in public gatherings such as work, school, or social activities.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home
  • How Sick is Too Sick: When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care. (Important Link to review annually)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, and handrails.

Are you traveling for Springbreak?

Both the CDC and the U.S. State Department maintain different levels of Travel Alerts for countries, and it is recommended that you look to those Alerts and public health guidance to determine safety in traveling to affected areas. Depending on the level of Travel Alert, the most current local reports, and public health guidance, employers or schools may determine that returning employees or students or members of families with recently returned travelers should stay at home for 14 days after they left the affected country.

Currently, DHS has also imposed restrictions on U.S. citizens and other nationals who have returned from China and could add more countries as the virus becomes more active in certain countries. Because individuals infected with COVID-19 may be infectious before they have symptoms, self-quarantine is often the best response.

SCS in cooperation with Southeast Christian Church staff has collaboratively agreed to stringent cleaning practices to help avoid disease transmission.

In sharing this information with you today, our intention is to provide factual information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and tips on reducing the spread of disease. We will continue to update families and staff as we learn more about the potential progression. As a community, we must work together for the safety and well-being of all in our SCS family.

Sincerely,

Southeast Christian School