The Cherry Creek School District worked with county and state health experts to develop plans to provide in-person learning and protect the health of students, staff and families, even as the COVID-19 conditions and guidelines continue to change. Our goal is to do everything possible to maintain in-person learning for our students.
- The Cherry Creek School District requires masks inside school and district buildings for ALL students PreK-12 and ALL staff.
- All students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses regardless of vaccination status. The federal CDC order requires face masks on public transportation and at transportation hubs.
Safety is our highest priority, and the goal is to maintain in-person learning. This mask requirement will help us keep schools open and students in classrooms.
Mask wearing will be required indoors and managed in a developmentally appropriate manner (we will have different expectations for two-year-old students compared to middle school students). We will work with students to address medical exemptions.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, our students and our community from the COVID-19 virus. At this time, all people who are 5 years old or older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no charge. Booster shots are available for anyone 12 and older who is five months past their second vaccine does. Please take advantage of the vaccination resources listed on our website to schedule a vaccine appointment for you or your child.
We will be providing ongoing testing availability at our ISF location. Testing through COVID Check is available to students, staff and families, and our community at large at no cost.
** Due to a large increase in testing appointments at COVIDCheck Colorado, if you have symptoms please schedule your test appointment ahead of time and arrive on time for your appointment.
Additional Layered Prevention Strategies
New Isolation Guidance for Positive Cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued new guidance regarding isolation periods for people who test positive for COVID-19. In the updated guidance, people with COVID-19 can isolate for 5 days instead of 10, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask around other people if they are asymptomatic or have greatly improved symptoms after day 5 of isolation. For staff and students, that means that if they test positive for COVID and are asymptomatic on day 5, that person can return to work/school on day 6 and wear a mask in compliance with the county mask mandate.
The shortened isolation period was “motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after,” the CDC said.
For information about the new guidance, including quarantine guidance for people exposed to the virus, visit this CDPHE webpage.
CCSD will use a series of overlapping prevention strategies to protect student and staff health this year. The district will:
- Promote vaccination and offer access to vaccines for families who choose to have their eligible students receive it – more information here;
- Ongoing no-cost COVID-19 testing for students, staff and community;
- Communicate known positive COVID-19 cases to Tri County Health Department so that they can contact trace with families appropriately;
- Sustain positive airflow through ventilation systems in schools;
- Continue high-touch cleanings in buses and high-traffic areas of schools;
- Reinforce handwashing with students and staff; and
- Reinforce the importance of students and staff staying home if sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
View the vaccination rate for Arapahoe County and the entire Tri-County Health Department region here: https://www.tchd.org/893/COVID-19-Vaccine-Data
General information about COVID-19 from Tri County Health Department: https://www.tchd.org/818/Coronavirus-COVID-19
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/