• Thompson School District Mask Mandate Removal Updates
    February 10, 2022

    On Wednesday, February 2, the Thompson School District Board of Education voted to adjust its current COVID-19 face mask policy. The district’s face mask mandate will expire on Saturday, February 12th, to coincide with the end of Larimer County’s mandate. Beginning on that date, face mask usage in all district schools and buildings will become optional and strongly recommended for students and staff.

    In response to this change in community and district policy, county health officials have released their updated guidance for the mitigation and management of COVID-19 within our schools and buildings. Please see below for more information:

    GENERAL CLASSROOM - MASKING GUIDELINES

    • Effective February 12, 2022, masks are not required for students and staff in most instances. Please see below for exceptions to this guidance.
    • Students and staff will be supported in their decision to continue to wear masks if they choose to do so.
    • Masks are still required for anyone returning to school between days 6 - 10 of isolation or quarantine. Families can choose to keep their child out through day 10, but to return after 5 days will require consistent masking.
    • Individuals with COVID symptoms who return after a negative test will be required to mask until symptoms disappear.
    • Masks will continue to be provided at schools for use by students and staff.

    CONTACT TRACING GUIDELINES

    • Thompson School District will continue to monitor "high risk" rooms and activities. Please note that higher risk rooms (such as an ILC location) may have to preventatively shut down after one or more cases of COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Routine contact tracing will not resume at this time.
    • Classrooms and activities with connected spread (epidemiologically linked cases) could be considered an outbreak with a suspected connection of three or more cases. For now, the onset of five cases is still considered an outbreak, which can change tracing requirements in the schools.

    REQUIRED MASKING

    • Per Federal transportation guidelines, a mandate remains in place for all bus and district vehicle riders to wear masks. This means that all individuals on buses - drivers, students and other staff - will need to be masked at all times.
    • As it is a federally funded program, students and staff within the Head Start program are also required to mask. This requirement cannot be removed at the local level. Students and staff within Early Childhood classrooms will continue to mask as well.

    PERFORMING ARTS

    • In order to minimize the number of students and staff who are impacted from quarantine if a case is identified, masks will be encouraged during practice times and leading up to performances.
    • If a COVID-19 case occurs that is connected to a performance and there is no way to know who the person was in contact with, it is likely that individuals in the entire performance will be quarantined, regardless of the timing of the event or performance. If seating charts or small groups are used and the performer can be confirmed to have only been in the vicinity of a certain group of people, only those individuals will need to quarantine.
    • Vaccinated individuals without symptoms do not need to quarantine.
    • Masks are not required during performances.

    ATHLETICS/GYM

    • Individuals in sports activities will not need to mask during practice or games.
    • The identification of one COVID-19 case will likely lead to a quarantine for the entire team for a minimum of six days from the last exposure.
    • An increase in COVID-like symptoms in an activity could also result in a temporary activity closure.
    • The use of masks during sports and during practices, play and among cohorts can minimize the number of students who are quarantined after an exposure.
    • Vaccinated individuals without symptoms do not need to quarantine.

    HIGH RISK CLASSROOMS

    • In order to accommodate IEP and 504 accommodations, there may be instances when individuals in a room are required to wear masks. Those instances will be limited.
    • Individuals in ILC classrooms are not required to mask, however masks are encouraged.

    EVENTS

    • Masks are no longer required for spectators or visitors in TSD buildings.

     

    Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie O'Donnell at katie.odonnell@tsd.org.