Updated Tuesday, August 31
On Monday, August 30 the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) Board of Health voted to rescind their policy on allowing opt-outs to county-wide public health orders by Boards of County Commissioners, and put a universal mask order in place for all schools in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties, regardless of vaccination status.
The new order requires facial coverings to be worn by all individuals age 2 years and older in all school and child care settings and goes into effect Sept. 1, 2021, and is in effect until Dec. 31, 2021, unless amended, extended or rescinded.
Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties continue to have high rates of community transmission and are currently in the CDC’s “high level of community transmission.” There have been 44 confirmed and suspected outbreaks since the beginning of August in schools in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Most new cases are among those who are not or cannot be vaccinated, including children younger than 12.
The entire press release from the Tri-County Health Department can be read here.
Mask Requirements in WPS
- All students, staff and teachers are required to wear masks when indoors. The district has masks available for those who need them.
- Per Federal Government Regulations, masks will be required at all times on school busses.
- Vaccinations are recommended for all students and staff who are eligible to receive them.
- It will be important for everyone to be vigilant about their health and possible symptoms. Anyone who is sick should stay home and if they have COVID-19-like symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should get tested.
- People who test positive for COVID-19 should not attend school for 10 days.
The health and safety of the community is our highest priority and we believe these important steps will help us achieve that goal. These guidelines will help us maintain uninterrupted in-person learning opportunities for our students, which we know is critically important.
We are hopeful that COVID-19 restrictions can be relaxed as more people become vaccinated and infection rates begin moving in the right direction. The sooner we get COVID-19 under control the sooner we can return to normal.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this virus and try to keep everyone healthy while providing quality education.
Find out where you can get vaccinated.
Anyone age 12 years and older can get vaccinated. All COVID-19 vaccines are free. Insurance or identification are not needed. You can walk in or make an appointment at most places.
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot? Find out here.
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