The Cherry Creek School District has been working 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.
- Cherry Creek School District will require masks inside school buildings for ALL students PreK-12 and ALL staff in schools.
- 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.
The following is a statement by Tri-County Health Executive Director Dr. John Douglas regarding the new public health order:
“We have reached a point where transmission has increased significantly and is putting our communities at risk. We must now take the statutory responsibility and authority given to us by the Colorado Legislature to reduce the spread of communicable diseases and keep our communities safe. The new mask order will help to protect those who cannot get vaccinated and allow children to continue in-person learning.”
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.
If your family makes the decision not to wear masks, your options are below:
- Complete an application to attend Cherry Creek Elevation/ K-5 Online
- Attend Cherry Creek Options Homeschool Program
- Explore other alternative home schools that support your family’s choice
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 12 years old or older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no charge. Please take advantage of the vaccination resources listed on our website to schedule a vaccine appointment for you or your child.
In addition, we are ready to provide vaccination clinics as soon as the next age groups are approved.
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.
Additional Layered Prevention Strategies
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/