Board of Education Votes To Adjust Face Mask Policy, Effective February 12
On February 2, the Thompson School District Board of Education received an update from staff on the impact of COVID-19 within our schools, which included information and a question-and-answer session with Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales. Larimer County’s current facemask mandate is scheduled to end on Saturday, February 12. More information on the county’s announcement can be found here.
Following the COVID-19 update, the Board of Education discussed the information that had been presented and voted to make an adjustment to the masking policy that is currently in place within the district. Thompson School District’s face mask mandate will now expire on Saturday, February 12, to coincide with the expiration of the county order.
What Does This Mean?
As a result of the change, face mask usage in all district schools and buildings will become optional and strongly recommended for students and staff beginning on Saturday, February 12. The current face mask mandate will remain in place until that time. Please note that county guidance around this decision is still being finalized. Per county, state and federal regulations, masks will continue to be required in certain cases, including the following:
-Students and staff riding on TSD buses must continue to wear face masks. This is due to a federal transportation requirement.
-Students and staff who are a part of Head Start, a federally funded program, are required to wear masks.
-Students and staff members who are in days 6 through 10 of a COVID-19 isolation or quarantine will be required to wear masks and will not be allowed to return until all symptoms are improving.
-Students and staff in certain activities that have been identified by health officials as “high risk” will continue to mask at certain times.
-As required by county health officials, masks will continue to be utilized as needed to assist in the mitigation of increased cases and to address high illness absentee levels.
-Other circumstances may exist or arise that could require the use of face masks by students and staff. TSD will work with Larimer County officials to further define circumstances in the near future.
More information on TSD’s procedures and the impact of COVID-19 within the district can be found at this link. Information on the web page is adjusted as additional guidance is provided by health officials.
Additional information will continue to be shared as it becomes available. We are deeply appreciative of all of our families, staff and community members for their continued support.
Thank you very much for your partnership as we navigate the pandemic and its impact throughout our community.