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Masks No Longer Required as of Feb 12

Masks No Longer Required as of Feb 12
Posted on 02/10/2022
Key takeaways:
  • Jefferson County Public Health Department’s (JCPH) county-wide mask order expires Friday, February 11 at 11:59 pm. This includes school (preschool-12th grade students) and child care settings.

  • Masks are still required at school and district buildings on Friday, February 11 (includes evening athletics and activities).

  • Effective Saturday, February 12, masks are no longer required in all district schools or buildings. This includes athletics and activities.

  • Consistent with applicable law, accommodations are available for students and staff based on disability or medical condition.

  • Decisions on masking-related accommodations for students with disabilities will be made on an individual basis by a 504 or IEP team knowledgeable about the student.

  • Masks continue to be required on district buses, as required by federal law.

  • Masks are highly encouraged but optional
*Keep in mind, the plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.

 

Dear Jeffco Public Schools Staff and Families,

On February 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm, the Jefferson County Public Health orders requiring masks indoors will expire. 

Over the past two years, the district has aligned health and safety decisions in schools on guidance from local public health. JCPH’s decision to allow the mask mandate to expire is due to rapidly improving COVID-19 conditions, vaccine availability, as well as a wide range of effective prevention measures available to our schools and community — including the availability of high-quality masks for those who choose to wear one, rapid testing, good ventilation, and having people stay home when they are sick. 

Effective Saturday, February 12, masks are no longer required, but highly encouraged in all district schools and buildings. 

  • Masks will be optional. This applies to all students (preschool-12th grade), staff, families and visitors in all district schools and buildings as well as students, staff, or visitors during athletics and activities.

  • Masks continue to be required on district buses, as required by federal law.

We recognize some staff and students may choose to continue wearing a mask while in school or district buildings. As always, our schools and classrooms will provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students and staff. Behavior such as “mask shaming” will not be tolerated. 

Layers of Prevention & Accommodations

As a reminder, we have implemented multiple layered prevention strategies across the district and masks are just one layer. Additional strategies that will remain in place include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased air ventilation and filtration

  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces

  • Reinforcing the importance of staying home when sick

  • Communicating public health quarantine recommendations

  • Access to high-quality KN95 masks for staff and testing hubs for asymptomatic staff and students

The safety of all of our students and staff is our priority. Consistent with applicable law, accommodations are available for students and staff based on disability or medical condition. Please contact your child’s school directly, if you’d like to request an accommodation for your child.

Updated guidance from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding quarantine and isolation guidelines will be communicated soon. More information about quarantine and isolation guidance can be found on the COVID HUB.
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