WINDSOR, Colorado – Grandview Elementary in Windsor is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, the school had 23 cases of COVID-19 and an entire class has switched to distance learning and is in quarantine.
On the same day an outbreak was announced by the Weld RE-4 school district, the school board was discussing the possibility of incorporating masks into schools. Currently, face masks are optional for Weld RE-4 students.
Some parents told Denver7 that any option to keep their children in class should be considered.
“We’ve had a rough year overall. We lost my grandmother to COVID last year, so we’re really hesitant about COVID,” said Liz Veucasovic.
Liz Veucasovic’s son Calvin attends preschool at Grandview Elementary. For them, the pandemic is personal after losing a pillar of their family.
“We wear masks so that no one has to go through what we have been through. So that no one else loses their grammy,” Veucasovic said.
Even though Calvin wears his mask to school, it is not something that is required in County Weld or the entire school district. This makes the news of an epidemic even more concerning for some parents.
“I’m really nervous because the numbers just came in yesterday from our school email,” said Jen Petrik, who has a 7-year-old who attends Grandview.
Currently at Grandview Elementary, there are a total of 23 cases of COVID-19. Nine of them are from a classroom that began distance learning Tuesday morning and will be quarantined until September 7.
For Petrik, who has also started sending his 7-year-old to school with a mask, it is crucial that he can receive instruction in person.
“I really hope more parents will see that it will be better for all of us if we keep our kids safe and just put on the mask,” said Petrik.
Officials at the Weld RE-4 school district said that once four students tested positive in one classroom, the whole class had to be moved away. Even if there is a case of COVID-19 in a classroom, they will notify parents.
Following a school board meeting on Tuesday night, the board voted to approve an interim resolution requiring masks in certain circumstances. Schools will be assessed over a rolling two-week window, and if a school is found to have a positive case rate equal to or greater than 3%, based on the current individual enrollment, schools will be required to implement a mask requirement for two weeks. If the positivity rate drops below 3% after the two weeks, the masks will no longer be needed.
“We are definitely monitoring the situation, monitoring as we said from the start, then educating people so they can make personal decisions,” said Lisa Relou, spokesperson for the Weld RE-4 school district. “Our goal in the Weld RE-4 School District is of course, first and foremost, the safety and health of our staff and students. We are also focused on sustaining in-person learning as much. as possible this year, which is really important to us. “
A few weeks after the start of the school year, many parents we spoke with are already filled with uncertainty about their child’s next classroom quarantine. For now, many will wait to hear the decision of the school board on the future of masks in schools.