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Masks now required at D-20, the biggest school district in El Paso County

Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 4:57 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 11:03 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Masks are now required in El Paso County’s largest school district.

After more than 2,000 students and faculty were forced to quarantine during the first several weeks of school, Academy School District 20 said it had no choice but to implement a mask mandate.

“I never imagined more than 2,000 students and staff would experience quarantines through the first six weeks of school. This equates to more than 300 students serving quarantines every week. ... If we stay the current course, we risk larger numbers of students missing important activities that support their academic, social, emotional, and mental health. We cannot relive remote, online, and hybrid school as it was last year,” D-20 Superintendent Tom Gregory said in a letter to families last week.

As D-20 mask requirement went into effect Monday, students at one of its high schools staged a walkout in protest.

Students and parents plan to meet at the district headquarters at noon Monday for further protests.

The new mask requirements and the reasoning behind the move are outlined in the below letter to families:

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