Panther Pages, January 21, 2022

Dear PHE Parents:

We want to make you aware of an important modification to our current COVID-19 exposure notification process. Due to an increase in cases at the school, we will suspend sending notifications about exposures to allow us to focus resources on our primary work – caring for and educating students. To this end, we would like your continued partnership in keeping our community as healthy and safe as possible and ask for your assistance in mitigating the spread of infection.

Given the current status of Covid in Denver and nation-wide, infected students will be required to isolate following the guidance from DPS and the CDC, but notifications to each homeroom for each case will cease unless there are multiple cases in a single setting and/or an outbreak.  We know Covid is in our school, and unfortunately, there is no way to avoid it.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD

  • Continue to monitor for symptoms.
  • Keep your student home if developing even mild symptoms. Children need to be symptom free for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.  COVID-19 illness may include any of the following symptoms: Fever, loss of taste or smell, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, headache, nausea or vomiting, body aches, diarrhea
  • Pursue testing if you are aware of any exposure to a positive case.
  • If awaiting a COVID-19 test result, do not return to campus (class or activities) until you receive a negative test result.
  • Continue reporting cases to the School Office. During this busy time, we encourage emailing versus phone calls to allow the Nurse and Office to focus on in-person student care. We will continue to follow the updated guidelines on isolation for positive cases.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted, if eligible. The CDC states that vaccination is the most effective defense against the spread and symptoms of COVID-19 in schools, homes and in the community.

Park Hill is committed to doing our part to keep the health and safety of our community a top priority. We will continue to follow protocols on masking, keep all common areas clean and disinfected and encourage increased personal hygiene throughout the school.

We thank you for your continued support and will continue to focus on the health and well-being of our PHE community.

-Ken Burdette, Principal

 

COVID At-Home testing Resources (free):

https://www.covidtests.gov/

 

COVID PCR Testing (more accurate, but longer result wait times)

  • COVID Check Colorado (free)

https://my.primary.health/l/cdphe#

  • Contact your Pediatrician/Health Clinic

Park Hill Elementary Equity Corner 

Talking to Children Authentically About Race and Racism

readers will need to scroll down — video is at the bottom of the page

PBS KIDS Talk About | Video Series

Everyone in DPS. Parents, Teachers, and students

 

Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism: A Discussion Guide

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/talking-to-young-children-about-race-and-racism-a-discussion-guide

Everyone in DPS. Parents, Teachers, and students

 

Enrichments

Enrichments will begin next week. If you have not yet done so, please go to the link below and complete health, emergency contacts, and liability waivers for your student.  Please check the time and date details for your child’s enrichment as they do not all end at the same time.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPCYreCcWqqt9JGknXSUTFLJ57w55fRzxso8owz5C_yDLIrQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Park Hill Auction Website is up

https://event.auctria.com/7cba3931-8d3c-4d70-b68e-c6f378df5570/aa6cd270-8751-11e9-a741-3fcfcb35cbb0

This year’s Park Hill Auction and Party is being held on Friday, February 25th at the Denver Zoo. It’ll be in an open-air, heated pavilion with a Ski School theme. Stay safe by partying outside and stay warm by dressing for the slopes. Fundraising efforts at the Auction are essential to maintain the excellent educational opportunities for Park Hill students. Join in on the fun and register today!

School Choice Is Open

If you have a child who will be starting ECE, Kindergarten, or will be transferring to PHE in the fall (or starting middle school), the School Choice window is now officially open.  Please go in and make your selections prior to February 15th.  Please note that even if you live in the neighborhood and your only selection is Park Hill Elementary you need to do this!  Please go to the school choice website: https://dps.schoolmint.net/signin.  You should login with your Parent Portal ID. Please contact the front office with questions or the School Choice hotline at 720-423-3493