Unvaccinated Littleton Public Schools employees told to wear masks inside

District students return to classroom with masks optional

Shanna Maxcy
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 8/11/21

Littleton Schools announced Aug. 10 that unvaccinated employees will be required to wear a mask when they are inside schools. Vaccinated employees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when they are …

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Unvaccinated Littleton Public Schools employees told to wear masks inside

District students return to classroom with masks optional

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In a policy change, Littleton Schools announced Aug. 10 that unvaccinated employees will be required to wear a mask when they are inside schools. Vaccinated employees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when they are inside schools, officials said.

This is a change from previous policy set on July, 28, which didn’t require masking for employees.

The change was announced in an Aug. 10 letter to parents from Superintendent Brian Ewert.

Additional changes also require parents, volunteers and visitors to wear a mask when inside Littleton schools, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, spectators at our indoor athletics/activities will also be required to wear a mask.

KN95 masks will be available in all schools and district facilities.

The changes, however, do not alter current district guidance on masking for students. As previously communicated by the district, parents will decide whether or not their children will wear a mask in school.

“There has been much discussion across Colorado and the nation regarding the recommendations from state and federal health agencies for schools,” Ewert wrote in the letter. “We have studied these recommendations carefully. We have met with our local health experts on multiple occasions over the past several days to correctly interpret these recommendations and accurately interpret our community COVID data.”

Ewert wrote that, based on emails and phone calls from parents, the community is evenly split on the masking issue, with half feeling strongly that masks should be mandatory for everyone in schools, and the other half feeling strongly that masking must remain a parental decision.

At this time, there is no public health order requiring masks in Colorado or in Arapahoe County. Centers for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Tri-County Health now recommend all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors.

Also added to the plan is an outline of how to handle COVID exposure.

“LPS will continue to work with our partners at Tri-County Health when students and employees test COVID-positive," the district said. "General exposure notifications will be shared with students, families, and staff who are exposed to COVID. Tri-County Health will guide us if/when quarantines may be necessary. Those who test COVID-positive will be asked to isolate for the required 10 days as outlined by the CDPHE. Tri-County Health will direct communications about positive and/or symptomatic cases."

Although not required by LPS, Tri-County Health also recommends regular COVID testing for unvaccinated athletes and band/choir participants.

Ewert said that the modifications to the plan will strengthen the district’s layered and overlapping health strategies.

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