Pagosa Peak Charter School adopts ‘masks optional’ policy
At its regular meeting on Wednesday, August 18, the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) Board of Directors voted four to two to follow the Archuleta School District (ASD) masking policy, during of the new school year. Currently, the ASD policy will allow parents to choose whether their children should wear masks in school.
ASD will start its school year on September 7th. Pagosa Peak opened for the 2021-2022 school year on August 2, with no mask required for children.
ASD Superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza told her school board earlier this month that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Education have issued “guidelines” recommending the wearing of masks, but have stayed away from the requirement of masks at this point. Dr Kym told his board that if warrants were issued in the future, ASD would respect state mandates.
This would mean that PPOS would also fulfill the same mandates.
Three parents testified at the PPOS board meeting, asking that all staff and students be required to wear masks indoors, in the face of the reported increase in Delta variant cases in the community.
After a long discussion, the PPOS Board of Directors chose to follow the ASD policy on student wearing masks.
PPOS is a district licensed public school open to all families in Archuleta County with no tuition fees, providing local families with a choice for K-8 education. Currently, all PPOS staff and adults are required to wear masks indoors.
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