DCSD mask requirements for Monday

DCSD mask requirements for Monday
Posted on 10/22/2021
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October 22, 2021

Dear Douglas County School District Families and Staff,

Before we return from fall break Monday, I wanted to confirm the current mask expectations for our DCSD students and staff.

As previously communicated, the School District and a number of parents and guardians of at-risk students filed a legal complaint on Wednesday, October 20, that asks the court to block enforcement of the Douglas County Board of Health’s recent public health order (PHO). Our aim is to protect the health and safety of vulnerable student populations, and ensure in-person learning for all students.

In the meantime, we will continue to operate under the PHO, which allows parents to opt their children out of the requirement to wear masks by providing a written declaration stating that they feel that wearing a mask negatively impacts their child’s physical and/or mental health. Likewise, staff may exempt themselves by making a similar oral statement to their supervisor.

We will be in touch should our mask requirements change following a decision by the court.

Thank you for your cooperation, and I hope your families had an enjoyable fall break.


Sincerely,

Corey Wise
Superintendent
Douglas County School District

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