Dear East Families:

Last night at around 7 p.m., we received notification from one of our families that they had been in contact with one of the people in Colorado who has tested presumptive positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This family has two students who attend East.

After consulting their family physician, the family has told us that they are following the CDC guidelines and are self-quarantining their two students for the next 7-14 days, as a precaution. The family said that, during that time, students will not be attending any classes or events at East High School. The family has shared that both students are healthy and are not showing any symptoms of the virus. 

I want to emphasize that no East students or staff at this time have tested positive for COVID-19. This family contacted us because the person who has tested presumptive positive had visited their home recently, and they felt it was important to share this information in order to ensure we are taking any necessary precautions with the best information we can. And we are grateful to the family for sharing this information with us.

We have notified DPS leadership in order to ensure we’re taking the right steps to keep our community informed and healthy. The district then contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to share information and get guidance.

As the students have shown no symptoms of the virus, health officials have advised that all school activities can continue as scheduled and there is low risk of the virus spreading. Health officials have advised us to ensure the entire campus gets a thorough cleaning, which is happening right now at our school, with special and extra steps taken to disinfect the auditorium for tonight’s drama production.

We also want to urge strongly that we are continuing to take the important COVID-19 health precautions shared by the CDC and our medical experts:

  • Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children at home when they are sick. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Additional information on COVID-19 is available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as the DPS website.

Thank you for your support and your continued cooperation in taking the necessary precautions to keep our campus healthy and safe. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

John Youngquist