MJ Thomas will be back at Rangeview this Thursday, October 7th for picture retakes.
You can access the online ordering portal by going to www.mymjthomas.com and entering our schools event password- C781. You may also print this order form and attach a check or cash and bring it in on picture day!
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 This order is in effect from Sept. 1, 2021 until Dec. 31, 2021, unless amended, extended or rescinded based on conditions.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.
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 now means that all students in Child Development Centers (CDCs), elementary, P-8/K-8 schools, and middle schools must now wear masks while inside school buildings.
APS will also require that staff members who work at these schools wear a mask while inside their buildings regardless of their vaccination status.
As a reminder, all students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for all students and staff at high schools.
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, then 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.
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 soon 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