District Letters

Updated on Tue, 02/01/2022 - 3:19pm

Masks no longer required in school and district buildings starting, Feb 5

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Key takeaways:

  • Tri-County Health Department’s mask order in schools expires at the end of the day on Friday, Feb. 4 and TCHD will not extend it.

  • Effective Saturday, Feb. 5 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.

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

*Keep in mind, the plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.

Dear Five Star Community -

By the end of this week, both Tri-County Health Department and Broomfield Public Health’s public health orders requiring masks indoors while in school and child care settings will expire. 

Over the past two years, the district has aligned health and safety decisions in schools on guidance from local public health. TCHD’s decision to allow the mask mandate in school settings 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, Feb. 5, masks are no longer required, but highly encouraged in all district schools and buildings. 

  • The district will honor personal and parent choice with regard to mask-wearing. 

  • This applies to all students (preschool-12th grade), staff, families and visitors in all district schools and buildings.

  • Masks are no longer required for 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 or 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 ventilation to include more air exchanges, and portable HEPA (high efficiency particulate air [filter]) air purifiers in all classrooms and large common areas

  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols

  • Reinforcing the importance of staying home when sick

  • Access to high-quality KN95 masks and rapid tests are available to staff and students upon request

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. If you’d like to request an accommodation for your child, please contact your child’s school directly.

Current quarantine and isolation guidelines will remain in place. More information about quarantine and isolation guidance can be found on the district website’s health/safety page.