Data & Supporting Resources
Peak to Peak will monitor the Boulder County Public Health Department (BCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for information and data regarding the spread of COVID-19 in our region of the state. While this data is taken into consideration regarding a return to in-person learning, it is not the only factor. There is no one set of data or benchmark that will determine a return to campus. Instead, a variety of data sets and information must be compiled and evaluated as they relate to the Peak to Peak programming, campus buildings, staffing, scheduling, and capacity.
DATA MONITORING TOOLS
The health and safety of our entire community will remain at the center of our decisions. To facilitate that, we have developed a number of tools that will provide a broad examination of the factors impacting our learning plans. Peak to Peak’s In-Person Readiness Summary pulls together the most important data, guidance, and information into a concise format in order to paint a clear picture that will help inform decision-making. We invite you to explore this information and the additional documents linked therein which include the recommendations from the SRS Taskforce, campus guidelines for in-person learning, a risk reduction analysis, a staffing analysis, and a matrix we have developed to help understand the impacts of community spread at Peak to Peak. There is no one perfect formula or point system that will tell us definitively whether conditions support in-person learning at Peak to Peak. Rather, we must remain flexible, work with our partners in public health, and make a determination based on what we believe is in the best interest of Peak to Peak’s students and staff.
The task force was chartered to explore ways to safely return students and staff to in-person school as soon as possible. The intent of the SRS was to relieve some of the burden of research and analysis from the leadership team, and to bring relative experience, perspective, and practices for the team to consider. The SRS task force focused on risk reduction strategies related specifically to our school facilities that would decrease the risks associated with in-person time on campus, and improve safety for students and staff to be on campus. This detailed document expands upon recommendations for Peak to Peak in nine specific areas:
- Allow for Differences in Recommendations for Elementary Students vs. Secondary Students
- Improve air ventilation, circulation, filtering
- Wear Masks
- Maximize physical distancing to protect individuals
- Maximize group distancing, via cohorts, to slow transmission chains
- Make lunchtime safer utilizing other campus space or design considerations
- Focus on lowering bathroom exposure by limiting numbers and controlling flow
- Manage transition times and locations
- Promote viral testing and antibody testing
This matrix was developed as a way of evaluating the impact of the community spread data and its impact on the Peak to Peak campus. Three main data groups are taken into consideration: 1) Current status on the Colorado COVID Dial for both Boulder and Broomfield Counties; 2) Boulder County incidence rates by age groups; and 3) Active positive cases among Peak to Peak students and staff. The data is separated to consider each school level (elementary, middle, and high) independently.
Colorado’s COVID Dial allows for schools to make independent decisions. It is important to not misinterpret this as a recommendation to have schools in-person regardless of the rating on the dial, but rather to remember that this allowance makes it possible for schools to make independent decisions about whether the school can operate safely despite the rating on the dial.
Peak to Peak has determined that if Boulder County’s overall rating is determined to be at the red (Severe Risk) or purple (Extreme Risk) levels on Colorado’s COVID Dial, Peak to Peak will most likely move to or remain in distance learning for all school levels.
Peak to Peak began following the BCPH metrics when they were first released on September 22nd. These metrics were developed in partnership with BVSD and the St. Vrain Valley School District for schools and districts to utilize in decision-making. On October 16th, the county announced that they would no longer be updating those metrics and instead advised that schools and districts make use of the Colorado COVID-19 Dial to guide their decision-making. BCPH Metrics (September 22nd-October 16th)
Staffing and Infrastructure Requirements
Employees Unable to Work On Campus
PPE and Cleaning Supplies Availability
Classrooms, Restrooms, and Cleaning Schedules
Classroom Size and Physical Distancing
Outdoor Classrooms and Weather
Student Cohorts and Master Schedules