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Vaccination Information for Students/Families
Everyone in Colorado who is 16 years of age and older is currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In DPS we have about 22,000 students who are age 16 years old or above and are now eligible.
I am excited to let you know that DPS’ healthcare partners would like to support our students in accessing the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, for those who would like to get one. Please note, students are not required to get the vaccine, because we know this is an individual and personal choice. However, we encourage all in our school communities to receive the vaccine when they are able in order to increase our collective health and safety. We’ve created this webpagefor students and their families with all the information they need regarding student vaccinations.
To support students in accessing a COVID-19 vaccine, DPS’ health care partners have multiple ways to support DPS students and their families in signing up for a vaccine appointments:
Denver Health is our longtime health care partner and serves thousands of DPS students every year through our School Based Health Centers. They are able to offer vaccination appointments to all eligible DPS students. DPS has shared all eligible students’ names and DPSK12.net email addresses with Denver Health. Over the next 48 hours, all eligible students will receive an email invitation from COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org to make a vaccination appointment in the next few weeks.
As part of this effort, Denver Health is partnering with DPS to administer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible DPS students at six drive-up clinics over the next three weeks. The drive-up clinics will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the following dates and locations. Appointments are required.
Evie Dennis Campus: First dose - Saturday, April 17; second dose - Saturday, May 8.
Abraham Lincoln High School: First dose - Sunday, April 18; second dose - Sunday, May 9.
South High School: First dose - Saturday, April 24; second dose - Saturday, May 15.
Manual High School: First dose - Sunday, April 25; second dose - Sunday, May 16.
North High School: First dose - Saturday, May 1; second dose - Saturday, May 22.
East High School: First dose - Sunday, May 2; second dose - Sunday, May 23.
Using the information provided in the email from COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org, eligible students can make an appointment through Denver Health in any of the clinics, regardless of home address or school of enrollment. We encourage students to select the clinic that is most convenient for them and their personal and school schedule. Additionally, participants must be able to attend both the first and second dose dates assigned to the location of their choice. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signed consent to treat form on file with Denver Health or a parent present with them at the time of the appointment.
Eligible students who cannot attend one of Denver Health’s drive-up clinics can make an appointment at another Denver Health location at another date and time. All available appointment times will be visible in the Denver Health online scheduling system after they log in using the instructions in the email from COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org. Please direct students and families to this webpage or to our School Based Health Centers with any questions about vaccinations or making a vaccination appointment.
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the country’s premier health care providers and a key partner providing the COVID-19 vaccine to DPS educators. They are a Pfizer-only vaccine clinic and are able to provide vaccine appointments for both eligible DPS students and their family members.
Below are the steps of how students and family members can sign up. This information will be shared with eligible students. Please also share this opportunity through Children's Colorado and the steps with the families at your school:
Sign up using the web portal. This will enable Children’s Colorado to contact you to schedule your appointment.
Make your appointment. The web portal will automatically invite you to make your first vaccine appointment as slots become available.
Children’s Hospital Colorado patients ages 16 and older who are already in Children’s Colorado’s MyChart system will continue receiving invitations to schedule vaccine appointments through MyChart. Community members who aren't on MyChart will get a text message to sign up for a vaccine through the web portal.
Invitations expire after 72 hours. Registered individuals who do not schedule their appointment within 72 hours of receiving an invitation will need to re-register using the web portal.
Follow up. Once you receive your first dose, the system will automatically schedule your appointment for the second dose. The second appointment will be at the same time 21 days later. (This is based on the timeframes outlined in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.)
Age Requirement. You must be 16 years or older on the day you sign up using the web portal.
Children’s Hospital Colorado requires that all individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine during Phase 2 have exactly one parent or legally authorized guardian present with them to sign a physical consent form at both the first and second dose appointments. Full instructions for navigating the Children’s Colorado process can be found here. Patients and families with questions about receiving the vaccine at Children’s Colorado can review these FAQs for patient families. Questions regarding scheduling a COVID vaccine appointment can call the Children’s Colorado COVID vaccine hotline, 720-777-8889.
Other Important Information
The vaccine is free to everyone, although individuals may be asked to provide personal health insurance when setting up their appointment. Health insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.
Students should reach out to their personal health care providers with any questions about the vaccine.
Alternatively, students can call our School Based Health Centers at 303-602-8958 to learn more about the vaccine and whether receiving the vaccine is right for them. Our School Based Health Centers can also support students in setting up vaccination appointments with Denver Health.
Free Student COVID Testing with CCC Partnership
DPS is pleased to announce it is expanding its partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado to offer free COVID-19 testing for students to support a safe return to school. All students and staff will now be able to take a baseline COVID-19 test before coming back to school, and then DPS will be able to offer an ongoing COVID-19 student screening test every other week. As shared with charters through an earlier email from Portfolio, this information will be shared with families through this PSA video, via School Messenger. Thanks to the CDPHE partnership, testing for charter students will be free, and charters will not have to pay for staff testing through March (charges will resume after March).
Baseline testing can be completed at any of COVIDCheck Colorado’s testing sites via this link (students and staff must use their DPS ID). DPS encourages everyone, unless you have tested positive in the last 90 days, to take a baseline test in the new year. The tests are free, fast, and reliable. See an updated list of testing sites here including at the Montbello campus, Abraham Lincoln Campus, North HS Campus, All City Stadium and a new site at George Washington HS. The test will be completed via nasal PCR test or SalivaDirect™, and results will be returned within 36-72 hours.
At any time, your families and students can schedule a test at existing CCC sites. Any charter student or employee should use the district link, while family members can continue to use the community link.
I hope this note finds you and your family well during these challenging times. We thank you for your support and tenacity in helping our students learn in these extraordinary circumstances.
One of the challenges that we have heard from many of you and our staff is that the uncertainty around how school will look creates added stress. We want to do everything we can to mitigate additional stress and give our educators, students and families as much time to plan as possible. So, after looking at the ever-increasing cases in the Denver area we have decided to stay remote through Quarter 3, January 5-March 26. We will decide about Quarter 4, April 5-May 28, in early to mid-March based on cases and guidance from DPS and the Health Departments.
All our educators are working incredibly hard to provide the most engaging and best online experience for our students. If your student is having trouble connecting to this material please reach out to their Advocate who can help with technology, hot spots and other resources.
We recognize these times have brought new challenges and if you and your family need help with food please let your student’s Advocate know.
Thank you for your support
Colorado High School Charter Leadership Team
Esperamos que esta nota los encuentre bien a usted y a su familia durante estos tiempos difíciles. Le agradecemos su apoyo y tenacidad para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a aprender en estas circunstancias extraordinarias.
Uno de los desafíos que hemos escuchado de muchos de ustedes y de nuestro personal es que la incertidumbre sobre cómo se verá la escuela crea estrés adicional.Queremos hacer todo lo posible para mitigar el estrés adicional y dar a nuestros educadores, estudiantes y familias el mayor tiempo posible para planificar. Entonces, después de observar los casos cada vez mayores en el área de Denver, hemos decidido permanecer alejados hasta el tercer trimestre, del 5 de Enero al 26 de Marzo. Decidiremos sobre el cuarto trimestre, del 5 de Abril al 28 de Mayo, de principios a mediados de Marzo, según los casos y la orientación del DPS y los departamentos de salud.
Todos nuestros educadores están trabajando arduamente para brindar la mejor y más atractiva experiencia en línea para nuestros estudiantes. Si su estudiante tiene problemas para conectarse a este material, comuníquese con su Representante Estudiantil, quien puede ayudarlo con tecnología, puntos de acceso y otros recursos.
Reconocemos que estos tiempos han traído nuevos desafíos y si usted y su familia necesitan ayuda con la comida, informe al Representante Estudiantil de su estudiante.
Gracias por tu apoyo,
El Liderato de Colorado High School Charter