Risk-Based Approach to Reopening Schools Amid COVID-19 – Children’s Hospital Colorado

To provide schools with a heightened level of guidance for decision-making in their reopening and operation plans related to COVID-19, Children’s Hospital Colorado has incorporated guidance from available data-based resources with in-house expertise to provide best practice guidelines intended to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools.
As it is simply unfeasible to eradicate risk, this guideline consists of tiered high-yield, low-cost practices intended to achieve maximum impact in lowering risk of transmitting COVID-19 among staff, students and families.
Schools are faced with numerous factors impacting decision making; therefore, this guideline is meant to give schools and districts decision-making flexibility to aid in designing reopening strategies specific to them. Further, this guideline acknowledges that risk propositions may be impacted by state orders and rapidly changing regulations from Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and local public health departments, as well as school-specific age groups, community needs and varied access to resources.

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