Dear Members of the Banning Lewis Academy Community,
The team at BLA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the development of the DELTA variant. El Paso County Health monitors transmission rates as well as vaccination rates at the sites linked.
The current Colorado Department of Education guidance lists the following as benchmarks for increased precautions.
- When the incidence of cases reaches 35 out of 100,000 people
- When the vaccination rate drops below 70%.
As of 8/20/2021, per El Paso County Public Health’s dashboard, the number of cases is 164.3 for every 100,000 people. The rate of eligible vaccination is 58.1%.
For this reason, we are embracing Colorado Department of Education’s recommendations for increased masking and strongly encourage students, staff and visitors at Banning Lewis Academy to utilize masking as a precautionary measure. We also encourage proper hygiene practices for all students and staff including covering one’s mouth while coughing or sneezing and regularly washing hands. Classrooms have hand sanitizer available for use during the school day.
Please regularly review the information linked above and make masking decisions that meet the needs of your students and family. Please understand that these recommendations may change at any time. As of 8/20/2021 we are not under a mask mandate per El Paso County Health.
Administration at Banning Lewis Academy