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COVID Information, recommendations and procedures

kinder studentKnowing the importance of in-person learning and the daily social interactions for our students – our focus in ASD is on doing everything possible to keep kids in-person learning five days a week.
As shown last school year, a layered approach was extremely effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We will continue this approach this school year, including the following measures:
  • Improving ventilation
  • Looking out for symptoms & keep sick kids home
  • Recommending masks for students and staff not vaccinated
  • Handwashing
  • Physical distancing to the greatest extent possible
  • Maximizing outdoor activities
These actions will help to limit the size of quarantines and help to keep our students in school.  
Masks are recommended for students indoors, especially for those who are unvaccinated.  However, parents have the right to choose whether a child wears a mask at school. 
Staff who are unvaccinated are expected to wear a mask per state recommendations and guidelines. 
Archuleta School District has a supply of Rapid Binax COVID-19 tests available to test students.  Students must have parent permission to be tested at school.
Please contact the district nurse or each schools' health aides to make an appointment to have your child tested.
Elementary school:  264-2229 x1321
Middle school: 264-2794 x7487 
High school: 264-2231 x9244
District Nurse: 264-2231 x9227
Family members that wish to get tested need to contact local health agencies to be tested. 

Parents, guardians, staff, and students should notify their school or supervisor if there is a positive COVID case or possible exposure. ASD and SJBPH work together on contact tracing to determine the appropriate response such as quarantine.

If a student is determined to be a close contact with  a positive case, but they are vaccinated and/or if they were wearing a mask, they will most often not required to be excluded from school.

If a student is determined a close contact, students are expected to quarantine for the recommended time period, or parents may choose to send their child to school if the student was wearing a mask, or has been fully vaccinated, or has had a confirmed positive COVID case within the past 90 days.

We will work with San  Juan Basin Public Health to ensure we are keeping kids safe and we will do all we can to keep our students in person. It is our goal to provide our students in person learning throughout the school year.


Masks are required on ASD buses: In accordance with CDC's mask order and CDPHE’s executive order, everyone must wear a mask on buses regardless of vaccination status. 

Read more on CDPHE’s site >> 

In accordance with federal law and CDPHE’s executive order, everyone must still wear a mask on buses regardless of vaccination status. 

Bus health and safety protocols:

  • Windows and vents on the bus are left open or slightly open at all times for improved ventilation.
  • Buses are disinfected daily and between routes

Students who use ASD buses are expected to follow these protocols: 

  • Students must wear masks or face coverings at all times when on the bus. Students are not permitted to board a ASD bus without a face covering/mask.

For information about busing, visit the Transportation web page.

Illness Protocols

Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home. School staff can also use this tool to determine if they need to stay at home. Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health recommendations regardless of current symptoms. 

This symptom screen refers only to new symptoms or a change in usual symptoms. A student/staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. These guidelines are in addition to your regular school guidance (for example, a child with vomiting should also not attend school based on usual school guidance). Please refer to the Return to Learn guidance to determine when it is appropriate to return to school. 

If your child is/you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911. 

Symptom Screen: 

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment. 

Major Symptoms Minor Symptoms
  • Fever (100.4 or above)
  • Runny nose or Congestion 
  • New or unexplained persistent cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle/Body aches or pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting / Nausea
  • Feeling extremely tired

  • If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider or the school nurse about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.

  • If a student is experiencing any other minor COVID-like symptoms (minor symptoms) that last longer than 48 hrs you may choose to get them tested. 
  • Rapid Testing is available through the school district - contact the school nurse Raj Inder @ to schedule a test (264-2231 x9227)