Coronavirus Information for Families
Updates for July 9, 2021
Prior to the start of our summer school session, Columbia Public Schools reminded families that we would continue to monitor COVID-19 and other variant cases in our community and in our schools and make changes in COVID protocols if the number of cases increased. The number of cases among our summer school students has increased. The district consulted with health experts and medical professionals in our community, including the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, and is making some adjustments to our current procedures. Taking action now supports a healthy and safe school experience for our scholars.
Beginning Monday, July 12, and for the remainder of summer school programming, the district is making the following adjustments to its mitigation strategies:
- Scholars 11-years-old and younger will be required to wear a mask when indoors and on school buses.
- Scholars will not be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
- Masks are still strongly encouraged for those 12-years-old and older when inside CPS buildings.
Beginning Friday, July 9, and for the remainder of summer school programming, the district is making the following adjustments to its contact tracing and quarantine protocols:
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
- Quarantine is NOT required for fully vaccinated individuals who have no symptoms. You are considered fully vaccinated if:
- It has been 2 weeks since your second dose in a 2-dose series, of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- It has been 2 weeks since your single-dose vaccine, of the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine
- Quarantine is NOT required if the individual exposed was wearing a mask indoors and they have no symptoms.
- Contact tracing is done for those not wearing a mask within 3 feet of the positive individual indoors for a cumulative time of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.
- The district will continue with a 10-day quarantine if an individual is exposed to the virus or a 7-day quarantine if the individual obtains a negative PCR test (available through local health providers) between days 5 and 7 and shows no symptoms. Both the 10-day and the 7-day quarantine protocols also require an individual to wear a mask through day 14.
- The revised contact tracing and quarantine protocols will begin today, Friday, July 9, and will not be retroactive. Those in quarantine prior to July 9, will need to complete the process as outlined in the instructions provided by the school and/or health department.
The district continues to encourage all those who are eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccines are widely available in our community for those 12 and older. You can use this link to find a vaccine provider in our community: https://www.como.gov/covidvaccine/ (Scroll to the ‘Need An Appointment’ section).
The district will continue to monitor COVID-19 and other variants in our community and will re-evaluate our mitigation procedures as needed. We will update our families prior to the start of school in the fall.
Health and Safety
Please review handwashing and mask-wearing expectations with your students. A video is available as part of the district’s Parent-Community University series.
Additionally, all families should continue to complete the Morning Checklist daily.
You can also download a .pdf version here. If your student is sick, please have the child stay home. If your child or someone in your home currently has COVID-19, please stay home and call your child’s school for next steps.