Jeffco Schools will notify affected individuals but not communities

District urges all to assume they may have been exposed

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Jeffco Public Schools sent a March 23 letters to families saying that, because COVID-19 has become so widespread, when a member of a school community tests positive for the illness, the district will not notify the entire community as it had with the first few cases.

Instead, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will notify only those who have “been in close contact” with the person who has tested positive, the letter said. “JCPH investigates each positive case” to determine who has been in contact with the individual in question, it said.

“As JCPH advises, our assumption should be that we have all potentially been exposed in one place or another,” the letter said, encouraging all families to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus.

“Please be assured that the Jeffco Public Schools Health Services Director will be informed by JCPH of all positive cases of COVID-19 involving those in our community, and we will continue to take all necessary actions to protect public health.”

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