COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5 and Up, Updated Health Guidance

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APS Community,

We are excited to share that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer’s vaccine requires two doses that are administered 21 days apart. Vaccines must be proven to be safe and effective before they are administered. Children ages 5 to 11 can now start getting vaccinated along with children ages 12 and up.

Aurora Public Schools has four school-based health clinics that will be administering vaccines to any and all children ages 5 and up located at: 

  • Crawford Elementary (Call 303-326-2090) 
  • Laredo Elementary (Call 303-326-1953) 
  • Aurora Central High School (Call 303-326-1570) 
  • Gateway High School (Call 303-326-2088)​​​​​​​

Aurora Public Schools is also partnering with STRIDE Community Health Clinic to host dozens of vaccination clinics for our families throughout the district. You do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen to receive a vaccine. Providers cannot require ID before offering you a vaccine. Also, state and local public health agencies will NEVER share your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes. 

Vaccines are free of charge and you are encouraged to register in advance for the date and location of your choice (no specific appointment time needed). Walk-ins are able to register on site. Please register and make an appointment at any of our dozens of vaccine clinics. You will need to register each individual in your family separately. STRIDE staff may ask you for ID and proof of insurance. However, you do not need to provide an ID or proof of insurance to receive a vaccine. Once again, children will need 2 doses of the vaccine administered 21 days apart.

In addition, please know that we continue to meet regularly with our public health partners at the Tri-County Health Department. There are two important updates to our COVID-19 health protocols that we would like to share with you. 

Symptom Monitoring and Isolation
Any student or staff member (regardless of vaccination status) who shows COVID-like illness and has major symptoms that last longer than 24 hours or minor symptoms that last more than 48 hours, will be required to provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or isolate at home for 10 days before they can return to school. Previously, individuals who were symptomatic were allowed to return to school after their symptoms resolved. As a reminder, free PCR testing is available through COVIDCheck Colorado

Major symptoms include:

  • New or unexplained persistent cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Loss of taste and smell ​​​​​​​

Minor symptoms include:

  • Feeling Feverish, having chills or a temperature of 100.0 or greater
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea​​​​​​​

Please keep your student at home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and notify their school of their absence. APS staff members who are experiencing symptoms should also stay home and notify their supervisor.

Inconsistent Mask Compliance Will Require Students to Quarantine
Another important update is that if students do not consistently wear their masks throughout the school day, they may be required to quarantine. 

As a reminder, quarantines are currently required when an outbreak is identified. Outbreaks are defined as five or more positive and/or probable cases tied to an original positive case. In addition, quarantines are also required for higher-risk exposures including all athletics, field trips and after-school activities, bands, choirs and performing arts groups. 

With this new guidance, students who do not wear their masks consistently during the school day may also be required to quarantine if a student or staff member tests positive in the classroom and they have been exposed. Tri County may also require additional quarantines if an individual who tests positive was not fully compliant with masking and exposed others. As always, please continue to encourage your students to wear their masks properly while at school.

As a reminder, we keep our COVID-19 Tracker updated every weekday with active positive cases and quarantines. Once a case has been resolved, it is removed from the tracker.

As always, thank you for your continued support. We will continue to notify you when there are any updates to our COVID-19 health protocols.

- Superintendent Rico Munn