January 11, 2022
Banning Lewis Academy Families,
With the start of the second semester, we find ourselves still experiencing a challenging COVID-19 environment. Undoubtedly, we, along with other organizations in our community and state, will face issues resulting from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
BLA’s main goal is prioritizing in-person learning in the safest environment possible; following the COVID-19 requirements listed in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance as referenced in the El Paso County Public Health’s (EPCPH) Schools and Child Care Supplemental Guidance (updated on Jan 10, 2022).
At Banning Lewis Academy, we will continue to emphasize that sick people should stay home, and healthy people should come to school or work. We especially ask parents and guardians to develop plans to pick up your child in case they become ill while at school. We will continue to accommodate sick/exposed students with excused absences and our workforce with COVID sick leave. Please reach out to your primary care provider or EPCPH for guidance on isolation/quarantine and communicate with the school what that guidance is so attendance is correctly recorded.
To assist in sustaining in-person learning, we are lessening exposure beyond normal school day procedures for students and/or staff. Additionally, we encourage those who wish to wear masks/facial covering to do so. We also ask that everyone adhere to proper personal hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing appropriately, and social distancing when possible. We will continue to notify families of close contact with positive cases.
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for a minimum of five days. The guidance per EPCPH is as follows:
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate.
- The following applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status:
- Stay home for five days.
- If the individual has no symptoms on day five, they can return to school/work the following day with masks recommended through day 10.
- If the individual continues to have symptoms, they must isolate through day 10 after symptom onset.
- If they have a fever, continue to stay home until the fever is resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Elementary and Secondary School parents will be notified when a positive case occurs in their child’s classroom.
Schools reflect their larger community. As such, we anticipate continued staffing shortages especially with the emergence of the new Omicron variant. Unfortunately, these shortages due to illness may negatively impact a variety of important services in the coming weeks. In this unknown, and ever-changing environment, we ask for your flexibility and patience. Should we need to move to remote learning, there will be one day of no school, so teachers have planning time. From there we will move to an E-Learning module for an undetermined time frame to ensure all staff is given the appropriate time to isolate. We will only move to remote learning if we are unable to staff our schools.
Thank you for your partnership and trust in helping keep BLA a safe, healthy learning environment!
Banning Lewis Ranch Academy