Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-09-24 19:30:12 –
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Academy District 20 today is an electronic newsletter for students, parents, faculty and staff, starting Monday, September 27, for all students from preschool to grade 12 to wear masks in indoor classrooms. Announced to wear. Indoor gatherings of other large groups.
The letter is written as follows.
“Academy District 20
“We are excited to start this school year and look forward to meeting all our students five days a week in person. This is a significant improvement in the way we start and end last year’s school year. Current Colorado quarantine regulations make it increasingly difficult to get students to school.
“I never imagined that more than 2,000 students and staff would experience quarantine in the first six weeks of school, which is equivalent to more than 300 students servicing quarantine each week. Not only were students absent from school, but they were also forced to absent from athletics, high trail experiences, choirs, bands, plays, homecoming, and other important programs and activities due to quarantine. In addition, family schedules, parental work schedules, family income, and our teachers, who are also parents, are adversely affected. Continuing the current course will result in academic, social, emotional, and mental health. There is a risk that more students will miss important activities that support them. You will not be able to relive remote, online and hybrid schools like last year.
“We need class students and staff to study together five days a week without the ongoing confusion we are experiencing. Therefore, with the support of the principal, we have introduced mask requirements. need to do it.
“This is not a decision I make to downplay, rush, or pretend to be a public health professional. I only want to provide every student in every classroom with a consistent educational experience every day. We will continue to monitor and adjust as much as possible to our ever-changing environment and data.
“Face cover / mask requirements
“From Monday, September 27, 2021, all students from preschool to grade 12 will need masking in indoor classroom environments and other large group indoor meetings.
“All faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of location or grade, must wear face covers while others are present. Face covers are temporary in the classroom when appropriate for instruction. Due to federal law, school baths still require a face cover / mask.
“During the transit period-because the students haven’t been together for more than 15 minutes-you can remove the face cover / mask until you enter the next classroom.
“Face covers / masks are not needed outdoors. The principal promises to provide proper masking breaks throughout the day.
“Mask requirements do not change the quarantine that is already in place.
“Exemption from face cover / mask
“Written and medically exempt staff and students are exempt from face cover requirements, which may include individuals who have the following at the discretion of the medical professional:
- Medical or other health condition,
- Mental or physical disability,
- Developmental or behavioral needs that make it impossible to wear a facial cover in a learning environment.
“If a student refuses to wear a face cover and does not have a written medical exemption to wear a face cover, the student will continue to be reminded that it is necessary. If you refuse to wear a face cover, contact your parent / guardian to discuss the next steps.
“Appropriate face cover / mask
“Remember that the face cover / mask should cover the nose and mouth and be secured to the head with a tie, strap, or loop over the ears, or wrapped around the underside of the face or neck. If so, we will continue to provide access to facial covers / masks.
“Additional safety layer
“We continue to promote improved cleaning and disinfection protocols within the school and ensure that the HVAC system is running at optimal levels and running more often.
“Most importantly, screen your students for their illness before sending them to school. Symptoms of the illness mean that students and staff are at home. Also, they are eligible for vaccination. Yes, and recommended for those who are willing to consider vaccination.
“As I said earlier, I’m not going to discuss the effectiveness of the use of facial masks / masks. The fact is that under current state regulations, universal masking, vaccination, and The recent COVID-19 diagnosis remains the only exemption from quarantine.
“I met with a representative of the Governor’s Office requesting changes to existing regulations and suggested alternatives to regulations, but with no success. I continued to work with local public health to work on the face. We will continue to propose and develop alternatives that can reduce quarantine without the need for a cover. I am dissatisfied with the current situation in which public education is in a position to win.
“I promise to send my students to school and meet them in person. Going to school directly supports academic, mental, social, emotional, and physical health and stability. It keeps our students engaged in important after-school activities as well as during school days.
“You can expect to receive additional information from the school soon.
“More than ever, we must do everything we can to get together, support our students and get them to school. Thank you for your understanding and support.
“Be safe and healthy.
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