Masks Now Required for all Students and Staff in CDCs, Elementary, P-8/K-8 Schools AND Middle Schools

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Aurora West College Preparatory Academy Community,

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 means all students in  Child Development Centers (CDCs), elementary, P-8/K-8 schools and middle schools must wear masks while inside school buildings. 

APS will require that staff members who work with students in grades P-8 wear a mask while inside the school building regardless of their vaccination status. For AWCPA, this means that all staff serving middle school students are required to wear masks while they are interacting with them.  

Mask Requirements For AWCPA Students 
According to TCHD, any time a person aged 2-11 is sharing a room with another person, including hallways and passing through a communal door, both parties will need to wear a mask.

We recognize that AWCPA is unique because it serves students in grades 6-12. Middle school students will be required to wear masks at all times while in school. High school students will be required to wear masks when they enter the building, during passing periods and when they are in contact with middle school students. 

Since AWCPA is a campus where shared space is common, high school students must have masks readily available at all times and must wear them while in areas shared with middle school students. When no middle school students are present, high school students may remove their masks. 

To keep all students as safe as possible, we will continue our current lunch schedule where students only eat with others in their same grade.

As a reminder, all students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses regardless of vaccination status.

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 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. 

COVID-19 Vaccines
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 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

Updated: August 22, 2021 — 2:53 pm