The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has issued a public health order requiring masks to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in locations that serve children under the age of 12.
Based on this order, we are extending our mask requirements to include all students at our middle schools starting Monday, August 23. This now means that all students in Child Development Centers (CDCs), elementary, P-8/K-8 schools and middle schools must now wear masks while inside school buildings.
APS will also require that staff members who work at these schools wear a mask while inside their buildings regardless of their vaccination status.
As a reminder, all students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for all students and staff at high schools.
Please know that our focus remains on maintaining strong in-person learning environments as much as possible. We know that public health guidance may change depending on circumstances, which we monitor on a daily basis. If there are significant changes to circumstances, then we will take immediate action; however, our current protocols and mask requirements will be formally reviewed and revised as necessary at the end of our first quarter, Oct 12. We will continue to provide any updated information as quickly as possible.
As I have shared previously, the most significant layer to prevent transmission of COVID-19 is for as many people in the APS community to receive COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. The science is clear and compelling that vaccines are safe and effective to address this pandemic and to protect one another. We are continuing our partnership with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) to host FREE vaccination clinics for our families. The clinics will be open to individuals ages 12 and older. Students must have a parent or guardian present. To learn more about the clinics and to sign up, visit aurorak12.org/vaccine.
We remain committed to taking a layered approach with mitigation strategies and we ask for your continued partnership. By working together, we can keep our students and staff safe and healthy.
- Superintendent Rico Munn