Rivendell will be on a 2-hour delayed start for Thursday, Feb. 3. Drop-off begins at 10am and instruction at 10:30. Hot lunch will not be available.

2021-22 School Year Health FAQ

General Policies and Financials

School and Classroom Closures:
It is the Larimer County Health Department’s intention to keep classrooms open whenever possible and to avoid quarantining a whole class for one positive COVID-19 case. However, whole class quarantine may be required if an outbreak status is reached.

Is tuition affected if my child has to quarantine?
Tuition will not be affected based on any isolation or quarantine orders.
What is the policy/procedure for the school if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Will the school have to close?
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Rivendell will notify the Larimer County Health Department immediately. The individual will be asked to isolate themself following instructions from the health department. At this point, it is not the Larimer County Health Department’s intention to quarantine a whole class if there is one positive COVID-19 case.
What if my child is ill? What if it’s just the sniffles or a cold, not a fever?
Students should not be in school with any symptoms, even mild ones like a runny nose or congestion. Students who develop symptoms at school must go home immediately. Children do not have to have a fever to be positive for COVID-19. Children particularly can be positive for COVID-19 even with very mild symptoms that resemble the common cold such as a stuffy nose or a mild cough and spread the virus to others.
So my child has had the sniffles for a few days - What happens next?
Following the State of Colorado’s How Sick is Too Sick guidelines, if a student has any COVID-19 symptoms that are not due to a chronic illness, the child must take a COVID-19 test before returning to school. Home tests are now acceptable for return to school, but please note that molecular tests, like a PCR, are more accurate. Please send a photo of your test results to Kara: kara@rivendell-school.org On the day your child is home, Kara will reach out to you to check in and to share information with you on when your child may return to the classroom.
What are COVID-19 Symptoms?
COVID-19 symptoms include: runny nose or congestion, cough, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, a fever of 100.4 or feeling feverish, chills, loss of taste or smell, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
What if my student tests negative for COVID-19?
  • If a student tests negative, but has a fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or cough, then the student should still stay home until symptoms have been resolved for at least 24 hours without medication.
  • If a student tests negative, but has a sore throat, runny nose/congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, then the student can return as long as all symptoms are improving and cough, shortness of breath, fever, diarrhea and vomiting have fully resolved.
What if my student tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student tests positive or chooses not to test, they must follow the State of Colorado and Larimer County health department’s isolation guidelines. If a student test positive, please email Kara right away: kara@rivendell-school.org.
How long will my child have to stay home if they are ill?
Students with major symptoms lasting over 24 hours or minor symptoms lasting over 48 hours cannot return to school until 1.) Rivendell has received documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test and 2.) their symptoms have resolved without the use of symptom reducing medication and 3.) they were not identified as a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive case. If a family chooses not to get a PCR test, the student must remain out of school until 5 full days have passed since their initial onset of symptoms and they have been symptom/fever-free for 24 hours without medication. A mask must be worn at school on days 6-10. If a student can not wear a well-fitting mask over their nose and mouth on days 6-10, then they must remain out of school for a full 10 days.
Can my student and their siblings come to school while we wait for test results?
If a student is waiting on test results for any reason, they must remain out of school until a negative test result is received. Unvaccinated siblings must also remain out of school until a negative test result is received. Fully vaccinated siblings who are symptom free may continue to attend school while test results are pending.
What if my child comes into contact with someone with COVID-19?
Students who are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact (any household contact) with someone with COVID-19 must remain out of school and quarantine for 5 full days following their last exposure date. The student may return on days 6-10 if they can wear a well-fitting mask at school. If the student cannot wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, they must stay out for 10 full days following their last exposure date. Close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to a positive test) until the time the COVID positive patient is isolated. Individuals who are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms do not need to quarantine following a close contact.
Will Rivendell families be notified if a student, staff member or individual who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19?
Effective February 28th, 2022, state and local health departments have moved to a routine disease control model for COVID-19 in school settings. Exposure notification letters will no longer be sent for COVID-19 cases in routine classroom settings. As with other communicable diseases, affected families will be notified if there is a cluster of illness in a classroom. School-wide notification will be sent if the school reaches outbreak status for an illness.
Will parents and volunteers be allowed in the building?
Parents, guardians, and volunteers will be welcome back in the building this year. All families are welcome to accompany their students inside for pick up and drop off. Due to the limited social distancing opportunities in the school’s common spaces, if you choose to accompany your student into the building we ask that you limit the time spent in the building during drop off and pick up. If you would like to visit with other Rivendell families we ask that you please do so in the parking lot.
Do I as an adult/parent have to wear a mask in the building if I am fully vaccinated?
Rivendell has aligned with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment’s lifting of the local mask mandate. Masks are no longer required in the school. It is important to note that our youngest population in the school has not had the opportunity to get vaccinated and we have immunocompromised staff members, so we will continue to be a mask-friendly environment and support anyone who chooses to continue wearing a mask.
Will Rivendell still host community events?
We are excited to be hosting community events again this year. We will begin with our Open House on August 23rd from 2:00-3:30 and our Food Truck night on Tuesday, August 31st. We will continue to assess the risk level in Larimer County throughout the school year and look forward to holding more community events as long as it is safe to do so.

Instruction

Will there be recess? What will it be like?
Students will still have regular recess times throughout the day. All classrooms in a Level, e.g., both Preschool classrooms, all three Younger Kids classrooms, will have recess time outdoors together. During indoor recess, students will stay in their classrooms with their classroom cohort.
Will students interact with the students in other classrooms?
Inside the building, students will primarily interact with the other students in their classroom or "cohort". Exceptions are before care and after care.
What if a student needs to isolate or quarantine at home? Will Rivendell still provide instruction to my child?
If a student needs to stay home due to sickness or exposure to COVID-19, they can request homework from their teacher just like a normal sick day. The classroom teacher will not be able to provide remote instruction in this example.

Daily Procedures

How will drop off and pick up work?

Drop Off

  • Staff will not be doing daily health screenings before entering the building but ask that families establish the routine of doing their own daily health screenings at home. If your student has any symptoms, we ask that you please keep them home and monitor them to help reduce the spread of all illnesses.
  • All students are welcome to be dropped off at the front doors (except for preschoolers who need to be signed in and out).
  • All families are welcome to accompany their students inside for pick up and drop off.
  • Drop-off is from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. each day.

Pick Up

  • Pick-up for Preschool 3:00 to 3:20 p.m. Preschoolers must be picked up inside the building by an authorized pick up person.
  • Pick-up for Younger, Middle and Older Kids is at 3:20
  • All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m. students will be automatically checked in to our after care program. Aftercare is $6.00 per hour.
  • Students may be picked up in front of the building in the pick up lane (except for preschoolers who need to be signed in and out). Please stay in your car in the pick up lane and a staff member will assist your child with getting in your car.
  • All families are also welcome to come into the Rivendell Commons to wait for their students at the end of the day. Please do not wait outside the classroom doors.

After Care

  • Students not picked up by 3:30 will be checked into after care. After care will be mixing classroom cohorts this year and should be considered a higher-risk activity.
Will students and teachers have to wear masks all day?
Rivendell has aligned with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment’s lifting of the local mask mandate. Masks are no longer required in the school. It is important to note that our youngest population in the school has not had the opportunity to get vaccinated and we have immunocompromised staff members, so we will continue to be a mask-friendly environment and support anyone who chooses to continue wearing a mask.
Will there be before and aftercare or special after school activities like science club, yoga, and dance? What about Enrichment Classes?
Rivendell is happy to bring back before and after care (extended care) this school year. We will not be offering other after school activities at this time.
Will students be required to social distance?
Students and staff will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing. Teachers will encourage social distancing when at all possible.
How are you managing high touch areas like water fountains and door handles?
Rivendell is following CDC and Local health department requirements on cleaning and disinfecting. Rivendell’s cleaning crew and staff are trained on these requirements. Water fountains may not be available this year. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles from home. Water bottles can be refilled in each classroom. Rivendell staff will continue to follow best practices and require regular hand-washing, cleaning, and sanitizing of the classroom, furniture, common spaces, toys, and high-touch surfaces.
How will staff monitor hand washing?
Teachers and staff members will be supervising during handwashing times. Teachers and staff will also be reminding students to wash their hands throughout the day.
Can my child bring hand sanitizer to school?
Students should not bring hand sanitizer to school. Rivendell has hand sanitizer available for student use as directed by a staff member. Students may only use hand sanitizer with staff supervision. Hand washing is more effective and always preferable to hand sanitizer. Children under age 3 are not permitted to use hand sanitizer in school settings.
Will you take staff and student temperatures every morning?
Staff will not be doing daily health screenings before students enter the building this year, but ask that families establish the routine of doing their own daily health screenings at home. If your student has any symptoms, we ask that you please keep them home and monitor them to help reduce the spread of all illnesses. You may contact Kara at kara@rivendell-school.org with any questions regarding symptoms and illness.
Will you still offer hot lunch?
Hot lunch will be provided again this year for $6.00 per lunch ticket. Lunch tickets can be purchased at the front desk.
What will lunch look like?
Students will be able to eat lunch outside at the tables or in their classroom.
Can students and families still use the school library?
Students and families are welcome to use Rivendell’s library this year.
How will birthday parties be handled?
Students are welcome to bring birthday treats to share with their classroom. Birthday treats must be prepacked and must be distributed by a teacher. We are not permitted to serve homemade treats.

Other Questions

I have questions not listed here. Who should I contact?
General/Covid and illness: Kara Straumanis, Rivendell’s Program Coordinator: kara@rivendell-school.org.
Financial: Karen Wolff, Rivendell’s business manager: karenw@rivendell-school.org.