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Adams County School District 14

February 23, 2022 | Covid-19, News

Adams 14 COVID-19 Response Dial | Green Zone on March 1, 2022

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Dear Adams 14 Community,

On Feb. 4, 2022, the Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD’s) public health orders requiring masks indoors in school and childcare settings expired.

Over the past two years, the district has aligned health and safety decisions in schools on guidance from local public health. TCHD’s decision to allow the mask mandate in school settings to expire is due to rapidly improving COVID-19 conditions, vaccine availability, as well as a wide range of effective prevention measures available to our schools and community — including the availability of high-quality masks for those who choose to wear one, rapid testing, good ventilation, and having people stay home when they are sick.

Effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks will no longer be required, but are highly encouraged in all district schools and buildings.

  • The district will honor personal and parent choices with regard to mask wearing.
  • This applies to all students (preschool-12th grade), staff, families, and visitors in all district schools and buildings.
  • Masks will no longer be required for students, staff, or visitors during athletics and activities.
  • Masks are no longer required on school buses, according to new guidelines from the CDC and Tri-County Health Department. Bus drivers will continue to have masks available if students desire to wear them.

Some staff or students may choose to continue wearing a mask while in school or district buildings. As always, our schools and classrooms will provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students and staff. Behavior such as “mask shaming” will not be tolerated.

Staff may apply for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations through the Human Resources Department. Please contact hr@adams14.org.

Layers of Prevention and Accommodations
As a reminder, we have implemented multiple layered prevention strategies across the district and masks are just one layer. Additional strategies that will remain in place include, but are not limited to:

Increased ventilation to include more air exchanges and portable Synexis Sphere air purifiers in all classrooms and large common areas
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols
  • Reinforcing the importance of staying home when sick
  • Access to high-quality KN95 masks
  • Access to weekly rapid tests for staff and students

The safety of all of our students and staff is our priority. Adams 14 is committed to following TCHD-recommended safety measures.