Dawson is dedicated to providing excellence in education while also prioritizing the safety of our community. Our smaller population, larger campus, and close-knit community combine to make Dawson uniquely suited to deliver on this commitment. While we cannot eliminate all risk, we are fully informed and prepared, and following public health and government guidelines. Dawson has layers of mitigation strategies that provide safety while ensuring our students are academically prepared for their future.

We all play a part in protecting the health and safety of the Dawson community. As we all move through the coronavirus pandemic, Dawson will strive to provide current information, clear protocols, and useful resources, and we appreciate your active partnership in making this year successful for all. 

Spring 2022 Protocol Update

In accordance with Boulder County Public Health
  (last updated May 6, 2022)

Dawson has followed BCPH guidelines for schools throughout the pandemic, and by doing so has successfully maximized in-person learning while minimizing the spread of COVID.

Boulder County Public Health voted to lift the mask mandate in Boulder County, including in K-12 schools; this includes sports and bus riders. Dawson will not be requiring masks unless the student/staffer is in the last five days of their isolation or quarantine window. Dawson supports any student or staff person who elects to wear a mask at any time and expects all members of our community to respect the decisions of others.

We continue to ask students or staff with new-onset symptoms to stay home and get tested; parents, complete the Student Absence Form in these cases. 

Let Dawson know if your student tests COVID-positive, using the Student Absence Form; you will then be provided specific guidelines on the timing of return to Dawson. Generally, the individual isolates at home for five days, and may return to school on Day 6 if asymptomatic or has a negative rapid test. Positive cases will be asked to mask at school on Days 6-10, or socially distanced if they must unmask (e.g. lunch). Dawson is required to report positive cases to public health.

QUARANTINES due to close contact
Students and staff are not required to quarantine due to exposure at school, regardless of vaccination status. If there is a positive case in a household and a student/staff person in that household is either unvaccinated or not up-to-date with an available vaccination/booster, they will need to quarantine. That means staying home for five days and okay to be at school on Days 6-10 if asymptomatic or has a negative rapid test, and masked.

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