We are receiving some questions about the discrepancies in COVID-19 protocols related to athletics. In particular, there is confusion regarding when activities are canceled and who is determined to be a close contact. This letter will provide you with some clarity on the topic.
The State of Colorado sets the guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19 protocols in our schools. State officials have deemed all sports to be “high risk” and as a result, each sport will be evaluated by the local health department to assess risk and case connections on a case-by-case basis.
Positive cases will require a quarantine for those determined to be close contacts. This process is similar to what was in place last fall. The biggest difference is that vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine. A COVID-19 exposure in a game or practice, no matter the proximity or duration, does not remove a vaccinated individual from activities (except in extremely rare, specific cases). Only unvaccinated individuals will be removed from activities for the quarantine period.
Please note that there will be instances when some teams will have to cancel games because of the amount of team members impacted by quarantine, while other teams will have enough players to compete.
COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated by Thompson School District. However, they are a significant layer of protection to help keep students in school and to assist our activities in moving forward with minimal disruption.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 processes and procedures, please contact Katie O'Donnell, TSD COVID-19 Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-698-1701.
Thank you for your support,
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mountain View High School