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El Paso County Public Health recommends schools push back the start date for Aug. 17 or later

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Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 7:13 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - El Paso County Public Health is recommending schools don’t reopen until at least Aug. 17.

The county’s two biggest districts, 20 and 11, already planned on opening that day.

A statement by the Pikes Peak Area Superintendents Association was sent to 11 News Wednesday night, reading in part:

“‘The superintendents of the Pikes Peak Region appreciate our continued partnership with leaders at El Paso County Public Health. We know that Public Health shares our values when it comes to student, staff, and family health and safety. They have worked with us consistently to achieve those goals,' said Peter Hilts, chief education Officer for School District 49 and 2020-2021 president of the Pikes Peak Area Superintendents’ Association. ‘The consensus of regional superintendents is to support the county’s recommendation to delay the start date of in-person schooling in El Paso County until at least Aug. 17 and to consider a staggered start between elementary and secondary schools. We will continue to monitor the situation and collaborate closely with them. We trust our community to respond appropriately and model the safe practices of social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing that are necessary for us to safely open schools for in-person learning.”

The release cited increasing COVID-19 cases in the Pikes Peak Region along with new hospitalizations as a couple of the reasons for the recommended start date of Aug. 17, as well as giving the governor’s mask mandate a full month to see the effects.

“By delaying the start date until Aug. 17, it will allow for four full weeks to evaluate the impact of mandatory masks and other mitigation efforts on local COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to better inform school health and safety strategies,” the statement said.

As more information becomes available this article will be updated.

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