Kent Denver's COVID-19 Response
After successfully completing a full year of in-person classes in 2020-21, Kent Denver continues to work toward a return to normalcy in the upcoming school year. However, we remain vigilant to the pandemic-related challenges ahead and are committed to working with employees, students, families and local health officials to maintain a healthy learning environment on campus.
This webpage will provide a hub for information related to Kent Denver's COVID-19 response.
Our mitigation strategies are guided by local and state public health guidelines and will likely change over the course of the year in response to conditions on campus and in the wider Denver-metro community.
Based on CDC and Tri-County Health guidelines, Kent Denver will implement the following mitigation strategies on campus to begin the 2021–22 school year:
INDOOR MASKING: Masks will be required indoors for all students, employees and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain optional outdoors.
VACCINATIONS: Kent Denver continues to strongly encourage vaccination for all eligible individuals as the best path to a return to normal school operations. Please be sure to email a photo of your student’s completed COVID-19 vaccination card to Shreka Thomas so we can accurately track student vaccination rates and potentially reduce the need for masks on campus.
OUTDOOR GATHERINGS & LUNCH: Whenever possible, Kent Denver will use outdoor spaces for gatherings. We will continue to offer teachers opportunities to conduct outdoor classes. For lunches, all 6th-graders will eat in tented, outdoor spaces. Unvaccinated students in grades 7–12 may be asked to eat outdoors as well.
ENHANCED VENTILATION: Along with vaccination and masking, well-ventilated indoor spaces provide an important layer of protection against viral transmission. Kent Denver buildings will continue to utilize HEPA air filters and frequent air exchanges to maximize ventilation.
STAY HOME IF UNWELL: Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus. Parents/guardians are asked to be particularly vigilant in keeping sick students at home to help keep our school healthy. Please use this checklist of symptoms to guide your decision.
CONTACT TRACING & QUARANTINE: Kent Denver will continue to track potential COVID-19 exposures. Please note that unvaccinated students may be required to quarantine if they are determined to be a close contact to a person with COVID-19. Fully-vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 will only quarantine if they show symptoms of infection and will isolate if they test positive for COVID-19.
HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES: Some activities are considered high risk for COVID-19 because of the level of exhalation and/or close, face-to-face contacts. This includes indoor sports like volleyball, certain outdoor sports such as football, and some extracurricular activities like band and choir. If exposed to a case of COVID-19 during these activities, unvaccinated students may be required to quarantine.
TESTING: Our partners at COVID Check Colorado can provide free COVID testing to Kent Denver students with COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposures. Unvaccinated students and employees will also be required to participate in weekly COVID testing until proof of vaccination is provided.