2021-2022 COVID-19 Communications to Families

  • This page will house all the communications sent to families during the 2021-2022 school year related to COVID-19, to include district and school operations and response to the pandemic. The most recent letter will posted in text below, with links to PDF of all previous letters. This website can be translated to view the most recent letter, and all links contain letters in English and Spanish.

  • Sent Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.


    FFC8 Families,

    I hope you had a joyful winter break with your children. We are looking forward to students’ return on Monday, January 10 as we kick off the second semester!

    We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation around COVID-19 and the latest Omicron variant. The health and safety of our students and staff is the priority as we keep schools open for in-person learning.

    El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) and the CDC have provided guidance that changes the way exposed individuals will be excluded from school in FFC8. Students who are exposed, outside of school, to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 may continue coming to school if they are vaccinated and are not experiencing any symptoms, but they must wear a mask for 10 days after the date of exposure. If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms after exposure, they must be tested before they can return to school. If an unvaccinated student is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, that student will be excluded from school for at least five days after the exposure. They will also need to be tested before they can return to school. Parents can work with their school nurse on individual cases.

    We will continue to practice the health and safety protocols that have allowed us to maintain in-person learning. These protocols include:

    • encouraging all staff and students to wear a mask (whether vaccinated or not),
      • Masks are required on Fort Carson per a 2021 Department of Defense memo. This includes FFC8 schools located on Fort Carson. Masks are not required at FFC8 schools located in Fountain.
      • Masks are also required for all students and staff on school buses, per federal mandate.
    • making rapid and PCR testing available to all students and family members,
    • encouraging social distancing and cohorting where possible,
    • practicing and allowing time for proper hand hygiene and making hand sanitizer readily available,
    • utilizing isolation and quarantining guidance per the EPCPH and CDC, and
    • thorough sanitizing of all indoor spaces.

    These protocols have been in place all year and will remain a priority. It is also important that parents keep their child(ren) home from school when they are feeling ill.

    The district continues to work alongside public health officials to ensure we have the latest guidance and are protecting our students and staff effectively.

    Thank you for your partnership in the education of your children.

    Dr. Keith Owen