Post-Thanksgiving Masking Protocols

Post-Thanksgiving Masking Protocols
Posted on 11/16/2021
mom and son in masks

Grand Junction, CO - With Thanksgiving Break approaching, we wanted to give an update on COVID-19 universal masking protocols post-Thanksgiving so that everyone has a clear understanding of what to expect when we return.

We currently have multiple schools practicing universal masking because their student positivity rate reached 2%. As a reminder, when a school reaches 2% or more student positivity, in order to try and slow any spread that may be happening within the school, the school practices universal masking for 14 calendar days (including weekends) and must drop below 1% student positivity for 7 consecutive days in order to relax the universal masking protocol. 


Because we will have students and staff out of the buildings for 9-10 days over the Thanksgiving Break, no schools will be enforcing universal masking when high schools return on Nov. 29 and middle and elementary schools return on Nov. 30. This includes schools that were practicing universal masking going into the break. Also, in order for the COVID dashboard to more accurately reflect COVID data, we won’t be implementing any universal masking protocols until the week of Dec. 6. This will give the dashboard a chance to be more accurate after a week with students and staff in schools. 


This only applies to the universal masking protocol. We will continue to follow our other COVID safety protocols after we return from Thanksgiving Break, but universal masking in a school will be paused for a week after we return. Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate in-person learning while trying to keep everyone safe in the time of COVID-19. We hope you have a restful and fun Thanksgiving Break, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Nov. 29 or Nov. 30 to finish off a great fall semester of in-person learning.

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