Board of Education on D12 mask requirement

Statement from Board of Education on D12 mask requirement
Posted on 08/26/2021
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Dear Cheyenne Mountain Community,

A huge thank you and congratulations to all our students, staff, and parents for a very successful first week of school!

We would like to clarify the current district mask requirement and how it impacts our ability to keep students and teachers in the classroom. Changes in quarantine protocols were recently released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH). We answer to the laws and regulations of the federal, state, and local governments, including public health departments. These requirements are constantly evolving in response to current conditions, and as such, our work within those parameters must also constantly evolve.

The new CDPHE and EPCPH quarantine rules state that if both parties are wearing a facial covering or mask at the time of exposure, regardless of vaccination status, the close contact(s) are not required to quarantine. This is a drastic change in policy from the protocols we operated under last year, which required all close contacts to quarantine for 14 days. Currently, as an example, when everyone is masked, if a student or staff member tests positive in a fully masked environment, the rest of the class can continue to attend class every day and can participate in extracurricular activities. Without facial coverings worn consistently by all, entire classrooms would be sent home for two weeks, just like last year. So far this year, we currently have 4 students and 0 staff members under quarantine across the district. Without the mask requirement, we would have approximately 100 students and 4 staff members under quarantine. As you can see, this is a significant difference already.

We recognize the impacts that the constant shifts to remote learning had on students and families last year, and we know that we are far more effective in delivering a quality education to our students when they are in class every school day. We can minimize days away from the classroom for our students this year by requiring a facial covering. Our primary goal is to deliver a quality education to our students in person, as much as possible. We can best do so with our mask requirement.

Thank you, to our entire school community, for your support through the continued educational changes due to Covid-19.

The District 12 Board of Education
Monica Furey Peloso, President
Russell Ross, Vice President
Randy Case, Treasurer
Susan Morris Mellow, Secretary
Nissa Steinhour, Director

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