Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test Result

  • For a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result from a physician or through a DPS testing site, please take the steps below based on your role. It is important to report a confirmed positive COVID-19 case so that the public health department is aware and the health and safety of all our students and staff are prioritized. 

    NOTE: A failed health screening does not automatically mean a presumed case of COVID-19. Follow these next steps if you failed your health screening. 

  • I received a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Go home and isolate immediately. Contact your physician for guidance on managing your health.

    • Notify your supervisor and/or COVID-19 Coordinator(s) for your school or worksite. They will report the positive case to the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline. 

    • Refer to this decision tree to determine when it is safe to return to work. 

    • It is important to provide your manager with a list of all DPS staff and students that are in your cohort or were a close contact. Close contact means that you were fewer than six feet apart for more than 15 minutes. DPS will work through your manager to confidentially notify DPS close contacts. 

    • You will be contacted by the Public Health Department to address next steps for notifying non-DPS close contacts. 

  • Someone in my household received a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Notify your supervisor.

  • I was notified by a student or parent of a student's positive COVID-19 test result.

    Notify your school nurse and/or COVID-19 coordinator(s) and they will report the positive case to the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline.

  • I was notified by an employee who has been reporting to work in person that they have a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Instruct the employee to go home and isolate immediately. 

    • School leaders, managers/supervisors should notify your school or site’s COVID-19 coordinator and they will call the hotline. If they are not available, please call the COVID-19 Case Reporting Hotline at 720-426-9999. 
      • Hotline hours are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please leave a message if your call is not answered; a member of the Hotline team will call you back. 
      • The hotline is intended only for school COVID-19 coordinators, nurses and leaders to report confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. All other team members should report confirmed positive cases to their supervisor or COVID-19 Coordinator. 

    • Be prepared to provide the following information: your name, role and phone number; your school/site name; whether you are reporting for a student or staff member and their name (and title if an employee); and whether the employee has gone home to isolate. Here is an overview of the reporting process.

    • From there, the COVID-19 Response Team will assist you in:
      • completing a report with the public health department,
      • ensuring the individual with a positive test result isolates immediately,
      • determining other impacted individuals (students and staff) who may need to quarantine, and
      • communicating appropriate information to close contacts, staff and your school community.

  • I was notified by an employee who has been working remotely that they have positive COVID-19 result.

    For cases in which a staff member is working remotely and has not been in a DPS facility or participated physically in a DPS-sponsored event for at least 15 days, the reporter will be asked only to fill out a shortened version (about 12 questions) of the Infectious Disease Reporting Form. Reporters will only need to fill out the form and will not need to call the hotline to report the COVID case.

    After completing the form, no further action is required. There will also be no case management and no community letters will be sent out for remote-only cases. The number of remote-only cases for the district and by school will remain available on our DPS COVID Case Dashboard, which is now updated at 9 a.m. each weekday.

  • I was notified about a positive COVID-19 test result for a student who is attending school in person.

    • Keep the student isolated until an adult picks them up.

    • School leaders, managers/supervisors should notify your school or site’s COVID-19 coordinator and they will call the hotline. If they are not available, please call the COVID-19 Case Reporting Hotline at 720-426-9999. 
      • Hotline hours are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please leave a message if your call is not answered; a member of the Hotline team will call you back. 
      • The hotline is intended only for school COVID-19 coordinators, nurses and leaders to report confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. All other team members should report confirmed positive cases to their supervisor or COVID-19 Coordinator.

    • Be prepared to provide the following information: your name, role and phone number; your school/site name; whether you are reporting for a student or staff member and their name (and title if an employee); and whether the employee has gone home to isolate. Here is an overview of the reporting process.

    • From there, the COVID-19 Response Team will assist you in:
      • completing a report with the public health department,
      • ensuring the individual with a positive test result isolates immediately,
      • determining other impacted individuals (students and staff) who may need to quarantine, and
      • communicating appropriate information to school and team communities.

  • I was notified about a positive COVID-19 test result for a student who is attending school remotely.

    For cases in which a student is learning remotely and has not been in a DPS facility or participated physically in a DPS-sponsored event for at least 15 days, the reporter will be asked only to fill out a shortened version (about 12 questions) of the Infectious Disease Reporting Form. Reporters will only need to fill out the form and will not need to call the hotline to report the COVID case.

    After completing the form, no further action is required. There will also be no case management and no community letters will be sent out for remote-only cases. The number of remote-only cases for the district and by school will remain available on our DPS COVID Case Dashboard, which is now updated at 9 a.m. each weekday.