As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our community and across the country, the Tri-County Health Department has issued a universal mask order for all individuals aged 2 years and older in all school and child care settings, regardless of vaccination status. This order is in effect from Sept. 1, 2021 until Dec. 31, 2021, unless amended, extended or rescinded based on conditions. This means, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 1, all students and staff must wear masks while inside ALL of our school buildings serving grades P-12 as well as at Pickens Technical College. APS was already requiring students and staff in Child Development Centers, elementary, P-8 / K-8 and middle schools to wear masks. Now this requirement will expand to all high schools and to Pickens Technical College.
As a reminder, all visitors to our school buildings are also required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
We continue to encourage all members of our community who are eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and older. APS, in partnership with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting ongoing FREE vaccination clinics for our families. To learn more about the clinics and to sign up, visit aurorak12.org/vaccine.
We will continue to encourage those who are symptomatic to get tested for COVID-19. Please remember that COVID-19 testing is free and available for students and staff through COVIDCheck Colorado.
Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Our focus remains on keeping our students at school for in-person learning as much as possible. We will continue to work closely with the Tri-County Health Department as we follow our layered approach to health and safety.
Thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging time.