Englewood schools mask rules evolving

Policies to be discussed at school board meeting

Staff report
Posted 8/1/21

Englewood Schools is planning to update its policies for the upcoming school year on wearing masks and other steps regarding COVID-19.

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Englewood schools mask rules evolving

Policies to be discussed at school board meeting

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UPDATE 8/2/21: Englewood Schools is planning to update its policies for the upcoming school year on wearing masks and other steps regarding COVID-19.

Julie McMorris, district spokeswoman, said Aug. 2 that a review of the district's previous policies (stated below) was likely at the school board's Aug. 3 meeting, after which the district planned to communicate any new policies to the public.
 
Many Colorado schools districts have been re-evaluating their COVID policies in light of recent changes to federal and state guidance.
 
District students return to class Aug. 16 or 17 depending on grade.
 
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Material below posted Aug. 1:

Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin has posted an advisory on the district's mask and COVID protocols.

"Thank you to our community for your hard work in following COVID protocols last school year," she said in a statement posted to the district's wbesite. "It is exciting that we can now return to a more 'normal' school experience! We continue to monitor guidance and will keep our community updated on any changes that may occur as we get closer to the fall."

District students return to class Aug. 16 or 17 depending on grade.

The statement said the district's current policies, which took effect July 1, will apply to the upcoming school year, "provided state-level guidance remains the same."

Excerpts from Rubin's statement, accessed Aug. 1:

• "Temperature and health screenings are no longer required at the entrance of Englewood Schools buildings."

• "Masks are no longer required at school, indoors or outdoors, for children age 11 and younger and for adults and students 12 and older who are fully vaccinated. ... Wearing a mask is optional and will be supported for those who wish to continue to wear masks in this group; however, masks are still required for individuals over the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated."

• "As of now, quarantine protocols are still required by (the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) for unvaccinated individuals if there is a COVID exposure at school."

• "We encourage our community to consider receiving a vaccine. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine should they be exposed to a COVID case in schools. Englewood Schools will be collecting proof of vaccination for individuals so we can exclude them from quarantine if necessary. Providing this information is voluntary and not required to attend or work in our schools."

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