Summary of Changes from 2021-22 School Year
A negative test is not required to return from symptoms or a positive test.
Testing is recommended for all COVID-like symptoms.
Quarantine is no longer required for household exposures.
Reporting is for positive tests only.
Positive Test Procedure
Report positive test results to receive individualized return dates and further information on returning to school.
Providing a record of your positive test helps the district understand the spread of illness in our effort to keep students and staff in school and allows schools to code your absences properly.
2022-23 School Year Guidelines
As COVID-19 infections persist and new variants arise, our mitigation efforts will continue to follow State and Larimer County guidelines. Our priority is keeping students and staff in classrooms and classrooms open.
As with any infectious illness, please stay home or keep your student at home if the following symptoms are present. Testing is recommended for all students and staff experiencing COVID-like symptoms. If symptoms are severe or persist, reach out to a health care provider about the next steps for treatment.
- Feeling feverish, having chills, or a temperature of 100.4°F or higher
- New or unexplained persistent cough
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches
- Sore or scratchy throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny nose or congestion
Rapid tests are available from your school health office or the front desk of the Thompson School District Administration Building.
Remain home until all symptoms improve and free from fever, diarrhea, and vomiting for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication (e.g., Advil or Tylenol). If symptoms persist after three days, even after a negative test, consider re-testing.
Please continue all TSD reporting requirements for positive cases.
Household and Community Exposures
If an exposure occurs in your household or community,
- Mask through Day 10*.
- Monitor for symptoms.
- Test if symptomatic.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Report any positive tests.
*Masking is recommended through day 10 from date of exposure if unvaccinated or not up to date on all recommended doses.
Masks will continue to be optional but are still required when returning to school or work after a positive test on days 6-10. You may return on day 11 if you choose not to mask.
Early Childhood Considerations
Early Childhood Education students and any students and staff who cannot wear a mask around others due to an approved medical mask exemption should isolate or quarantine for the entire ten days and may return to school on day 11.
At-home rapid tests are available at your school's health office and at the front desk of the Thompson School District Administration Building. Please reach out to the school health office if you need to pick up a COVID rapid test.
At-home tests are provided to the district by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and will continue to be distributed to families as long as supplies last.
Returning to Work or School
You do not need a negative test to return to school after a positive test.
You may return to work or school on day 6 after a positive test only if all symptoms are improving and you have been free from fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication (e.g., Advil or Tylenol).
If you return to work or school on day 6 after a positive test, you must mask days 6-10. You may return on day 11 if you choose not to mask. Return dates are calculated from the symptom onset date (or test date for asymptomatic cases). This day is counted as day 0 when calculating return dates.
You are up to date with your COVID vaccines if:
- You are 12 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters,
- You are 5-11 and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.
- You are 6 months to 4 years and have received the primary series (2) vaccine doses.