The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement advising communities to prepare for a domestic outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.


How does AAK disinfect the school and classrooms?

AAK employs a full-time custodian.  The scope of work includes, not only cleaning, but also disinfecting high-touch surfaces (desks, tables, etc) during the day.  Teachers also have cleaning solutions in each classroom and are disinfecting desks and chairs multiple times per day.  AAK also contracts with a janitorial service that cleans nightly.  The scope of work includes cleaning and disinfecting common areas in the school.


How would school closures look at AAK?

During an outbreak, AAK would follow the Larimer County Health Department’s lead on quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. AAK’s focus is on ensuring the safety of students and staff, and how education can continue if any of those situations arise.


Has AAK considered E-learning as an option for educating students, in the event of school closures?

AAK is currently working diligently with teachers to develop a plan to continue to deliver instruction in the case of a school closure.  That said, we expect education will be interrupted if this happens. We are looking at ways to offer enrichment to students during a closure, but we know it won’t look the same as the wonderful, connected experience our kids get in classrooms each day.


As a parent/guardian, may I keep my child home if there isn’t a school closure? If I elect to do so, what accommodations will be made so my child doesn’t fall behind in their education?

It is always a parent/guardian’s right to keep their child home from school. If you do so, please call the school to report the absence. AAK will do its best to accommodate this decision by providing work for students while they are at home should a parent/guardian choose to keep their child home because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.  Because of the time restraints already placed on teachers during this situation, work provided will not be comparable to what is provided with instruction in the classroom.


Where is the best place to find information about COVID-19 or coronavirus?

Reputable sources include:


What can families do to protect themselves from becoming ill?

Parents and guardians can help by continuing to implement the same critical practices – themselves and with their children – as you would during flu season.

  • Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Getting a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one this year.
  • Keep your student(s) home if they are sick. Please notify your school if your child needs to stay home sick and, if possible, share their symptoms. If they have a positive influenza or COVID-19 diagnosis, please also share that information.


Will AAK be handing out masks to students?

No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

AAK will, throughout its response to COVID-19, follow CDC’s guidance, which is also supported by the state and local health departments. A parent/guardian has the right to decide if they want their student to wear a mask; in that case, they would need to provide the mask.


What happens with the heavy travel associated with Spring Break? Should we cancel travel plans?

At this time, CDC has activated several travel warnings for international destinations experiencing community spread of COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website for all global travel advisories.