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The latest in COVID-19 information.

Mountain Sage is staying up to date on Poudre School District's guidelines, monitoring updates related to COVID-19, and will provide additional information as it becomes available. This webpage will be updated as new information is made available. The MSCS community will be notified of any major events.

This page was updated for new content on 02/09/2023.

If You Have Symptoms or Test Positive

Students and staff must stay home if there are any signs or symptoms of illness inconsistent with your baseline (including chronic illness and allergies). If you have any signs or symptoms, contact the Health Office: healthoffice@mountainsage.org. We follow the How Sick is Too Sick guidance from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.


Are masks required?

Masks are only required under certain circumstances:

  • Those positive or required to quarantine for COVID must isolate for five full days and return on day six only if symptoms are improving. They must wear a mask on days six through 10, according to state and county health guidance.
  • Those who have decided not to test when symptomatic according to How Sick is Too Sick guidelines must wear a mask on days 6 through 10.

Should I wear a certain type of mask (i.e. KN95 or otherwise) if I am required to wear one?

Yes. When required to wear a mask, it must be a high quality, non-cloth mask. Medical grade masks are provided by the school. All required masks should:

  • Be clean and in good repair.
  • Fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secure.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be on the wearer's face.

Masks should not:

  • Have anything hanging off the facial covering that would create a food safety hazard.
  • Have holes or tears.
  • Masks should not be shared with others.
  • Be made of any cloth material.
  • Be made of a mesh material or lace; fabric should not have holes.

Will MSCS still provide masks?

Yes. We will continue to provide a limited supply of medical-grade masks at the Front Desk. 

Will other COVID-19 prevention measures still be in place? If so, what are they?

All other COVID-19 prevention measures will continue:

  • Hand washing and frequent cleaning practices.
  • Handwashing is preferred over hand sanitizer.
  • Hand hygiene will happen upon arrival, after using the bathroom, before eating, after recess or completing activities that involved shared materials. Students may bring their own unscented hand lotion from home.
  • We will use a designated Under the Weather Room to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
  • Hand-sanitizer, touchless water bottle-filling stations, and touchless soap dispensers have been installed.
  • All employees are trained on health and safety protocols.
  • Frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas.
  • Disinfect in classrooms with known positives and in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms.
  • All classrooms have HEPA filters. Fans can be placed to allow fresh air in, or if the air quality index is high, turned to pull classroom air out.

What does it look like if a child in my student’s class starts experiencing symptoms? 

Students who don't feel well will go to the Health Office to visit with staff. If it is determined that their symptoms meet the How Sick is Too Sick guidance for going home, the parent will be contacted to pick up the child from school. Health Office staff will consult with the parent to determine when a student can return based on Return to Learn guidance.   

Will Mountain Sage engage in hybrid learning?

No. School will be in-person with full classes. There will not be hybrid classes or a separate virtual option. Individual classrooms may experience remote learning under certain circumstances.

What happens when there are multiple cases of COVID-19 in my child's class or in the school?  

When outbreaks occur, we will work with the LCDHE to determine the appropriate response. 

Can students and staff go to school if they do not feel well?

No. Staff and students must stay home if they have any symptoms inconsistent with their baseline. Parents should call the 970-568-5456 to report the absence and email our Health Team to consult about their return.

Where can I get a COVID test for me or my family?

At-home testing kits can be obtained through:

PCR or molecular tests:

Where can I get a vaccination?

Please visit the PSD COVID Vaccination web page or the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website

Pertinent Websites

Please refer to these websites for county, state, and federal information.

​​Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention