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Welcome back, Mapleton!

Dear Mapleton Families, 

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable winter break. As we prepare to return to school on Wednesday, we will continue to ensure we are taking all necessary steps to keep our students and staff safe and healthy and our schools open for learning. School resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and we look forward to welcoming your students back into our classrooms.

COVID cases continue to trend upward, and we hope you and your family have been able to avoid the recent surge in cases. We are doing everything we can to maintain in-person learning for our students. However, some things may look different as we address challenges related to anticipated staffing shortages and community spread of the omicron variant. Families should be prepared for possible disruptions to school during the coming week.

Please note that we are not considering district-wide delays to our return on Wednesday, nor are we planning to implement remote learning as an entire district. That said, we will continue to monitor the need for individual cohorts, grade levels, or schools to implement remote instruction should we not be able to operate in-person instruction, due to staffing needs or outbreaks. We will work with each school individually to make those determinations as we move forward.

Mask Mandate Extended

Tri-County Health Department extended the school mask order through the month of January. All students and staff must wear a mask when inside school buildings. We will continue to help support masking of all students and staff by providing surgical-grade masks to those who need one, however, some masks may not fit as well as necessary. When possible, please encourage your child to bring their own mask to school.

New Isolation Guidance for Positive Cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued new guidance regarding isolation periods for people who test positive for COVID-19. In the updated guidance, people with COVID-19 can isolate for 5 days instead of 10, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask around other people if they are asymptomatic or have greatly improved symptoms after day 5 of isolation. For staff and students, that means that if they test positive for COVID and are asymptomatic on day 5, that person can return to work/school on day 6 and wear a mask in compliance with the county mask mandate.

For information about the new guidance, including quarantine guidance for people exposed to the virus, visit this CDPHE webpage.

Vaccination and Boosters

As a reminder, the CDC and CDPHE recommend that all people 5 years and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine to have the best possible protection.

  • Adults 18 and older who are six months past their second dose (or two months past a Johnson & Johnson vaccine) should strongly consider getting a booster shot to gain optimal protection against the omicron and delta variants.
  • Students who are 16 and 17 are eligible to get a Pfizer booster shot if they are six months past their second vaccine dose.
  • For more information about where to get your vaccine, including dates of upcoming vaccine clinics,visit this webpage.

 

Transportation

If the district experiences shortages of bus drivers there could be disruptions to bus transportation, including the possibility of route cancellations or significant delays. We will do our best to avoid any service disruptions and will communicate any significant changes as they occur.

Again, we ask for your patience and grace as we navigate these challenges. Families should consider carpool options and other transportation options in case of a sudden disruption.

Activities and Athletics

The district will continue to follow guidance by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and the state regarding activities and athletics.

Onsite COVID screenings

As we return to our buildings, we will continue to offer weekly COVID screenings for our staff and students. If you haven’t already signed your child up for in-school screenings, please go here to provide consent.

Finally

Thank you for your patience and unwavering support in keeping our schools open and safe. Please continue to help us keep schools open by keeping your student home from school when they are sick or have any symptoms of illness. 

Our commitment to you and our students has never been more critical and we appreciate you. 

THANK YOU and welcome back.