COVID-19 Health Updates

DPH Vaccine Update

The Department of Public Health has issued an update on vaccine availability for students aged 16 and 17 who will be eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment as of April 1. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that has emergency authorization for 16 and 17 year olds. The CSDE and DPH are coordinating with local health departments to provide clinics on-site in schools to offer the Pfizer vaccine to these students (with parent permission) with priority given to Alliance Districts. The goal will be to offer the first dose clinics in Alliance School Districts for these students between April 19 and May 7.  Logistics and details will be forthcoming upon release from LLHD.  Additionally, local health departments are being encouraged to develop processes and plans for mobile clinics that can be deployed with local health departments and districts to reach the remaining eligible population and for active outreach to residents in their towns. 

Finish Strong Guidance


The CSDE and DPH have distributed the “Finish Strong” document to serve as a reminder to districts that now is not the time to ease up on our implementation of mitigation strategies to help slow the spread of COVID 19. “Schools, Individuals, and families all have a role to play in protecting in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.” As we approach the holiday weekend and the upcoming April break, we want to be sure that all staff and families have the information they need to help us Finish Strong.


Wellness Matters

Any student who is not feeling well or has had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, should stay home, contact their medical provider, and the school. It is extremely important students let their school know if they are sick with COVID-19 related symptoms and must report a positive COVID test result immediately.  The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal flu and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Loss of sense of taste or smell are also symptoms. Some people have reported a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.  If students are asymptomatic or feel well enough to work from home, they can request remote learning during this time.



COVID-19 Decision Tree for Students & Staff

(from LLHD)  Click here for a Printable / PDF Version

Per LLHD,  students or staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, should not attend school and should refer to the following criteria to determine when they can return.

If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing. 

Symtoms of COVID-19 include:

  • New onset cough or shortness of breath
  • Fever (100.4 or higher)
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste, and gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea.
First page of the PDF file: SchoolDecisionTree2020Final
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  • Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 1 day without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. 
  • Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.
  • Please let the school know if a student, staff person or family member tests positives. They will notify the LLHD so contact tracing can be started quickly to determine clsoe contacts who need to quarantine for 14 days as well as answer any questions or concerns.

A close contact is anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes in an area of less than 6 feet from the infected person.


  • May return to school with a note stating when and where tested ONLY if there are no symptoms.
  • If the person still has symptoms their medical providers should be contacted.


(Such as Strep Throat or Asthma)

  • May return to school with a note stating when and where tested ONLY if there are no symptoms.
  • If the person still has symptoms their medical providers should be contacted.


3 Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result

(from the CDC) Click here for a Printable / PDF version
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, take these 3 key steps NOW while waiting for your test results:


1    Stay home and monitor your health.

2    Think about the people you have recently been around.

3    Answer the phone call from the health department.


See below for additional information on each of these topics or click on the image on the right for a printable version of this information from the CDC.


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1.  Stay home and monitor your health.


Stay home and monitor your health to help protect your friends, family, and others from possibly getting COVID-19 from you.

Stay home and away from others:

  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with other medical conditions.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from others (except to get medical care).

Monitor your health:

Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Remember, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19 and can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


2.  Think about the people you have recently been around.


Think about the people you have recently been around. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a public health worker may call you to check on your health, discuss who you have been around, and ask where you spent time while you may have been able to spread COVID-19 to others.

While you wait for your COVID-19 test result, think about everyone you have been around recently. This will be important information to give health workers if your test is positive.

Make a list of:

  • Who lives with you?
  • Who you have been around (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) in the last 10 days?
  • What have you done in the last 10 days with other people?

Have you:

  • Gone to work or school?
  • Gotten together with others (eaten out at a restaurant, gone out for drinks, exercised with others or gone to a gym, had friends or family over to your house, volunteered, gone to a party, pool, or park)?
  • Gone to a store in person (e.g., grocery store, mall)?
  • Gone to in-person appointments (e.g., salon, barber, doctor’s or dentist’s office)?
  • Ridden in a car with others (e.g., Uber or Lyft) or took public transportation?
  • Been inside a church, synagogue, mosque or other places of worship?

3. Answer the phone call from the health department.


If a public health worker calls you, answer the call to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community.  

Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your health care provider.

Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with. The health department will only notify people you were in close contact with (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.