The Cherry Creek School District will require COVID-19 facial masks inside school buildings for all students from pre-K through 6th grade and for staff working with those students.
The district announced Friday that the mask mandate is for all students under the age of 12, a decision based, in part, on dialogue with the Tri-County Health Department.
“Over the past week, we have had frequent conversations with our partners at Tri-County Health Department about COVID-19 conditions and the surge of the more contagious Delta variant,” the district said in a statement signed by Superintendent Christopher Smith. “Tri-County stated in a letter today that it is not safe for students younger than 12 years old to attend school without a mask, as they are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine at this time.”
More than 90% of students in sixth grade are in the under-12 age group, the district said, and masks will be required until further notice.
“Safety is our highest priority, and the goal is to maintain in-person learning,” the statement said. “This mask requirement will help us keep schools open and students in classrooms.”
All district students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses regardless of vaccination status. The CDC order requires face masks on public transportation and at transportation hubs.
“While masks are not mandatory for students in grade seven and above at this time, it is strongly recommended that all students and staff wear masks inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status.”
The district said it plans to monitor conditions, follow local and state guidance on COVID-19 and make adjustments as needed.
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