Important Vaccine Exemption information, Effective 21/22 School Year

Incredibly important school vaccination news for parents who claim personal or religious exemptions from required school vaccinations for their children.

New law in effect.

Now you are required to use the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s standard Certificates of Medical and Nonmedical Exemption.
Beginning the 2021-2022 school year, there will be 2 ways to file a nonmedical exemption.

  • Option 1. Download the official Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to be signed by an immunizing provider: Colorado licensed physician (MD, DO), Advanced practice nurse, or Physician Assistant, or pharmacist.
    *Form can be found at https://cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions under downloadable Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption
  • Option 2 is to take an online Immunization Education Module.
    This is available 24 hours/day and 7 days/week at https://www.dcphrapps.dphe.state.co.us/storyline360/story.html After completion of the course, an electronic form must be completed to obtain the Certificate of Nonmedical exemption.

You will have the option to complete a form for more than one minor in the family without having to retake the module.

Mask Recommendation Update – 9/10/2021

9/10/21

To:  All families of students in the Huerfano Re-1 School District and school based employees

Short of issuing a mask mandate, I urge you to send your child to school each day with a mask to wear. Staff members are also being urged to wear masks on a daily basis.

If you do not have masks for your child, we have them available in the school offices and at temperature check in stations.

Due to our most recent Covid “outbreak” determination at John Mall HS and increasing numbers of positive cases in our community, it is wise to try to prevent any further spread of positive cases and attempt to avoid any further “outbreaks” at either John Mall HS or Peakview Elementary. We all need to do our best to keep your children in the in-person learning mode, athletics and extracurricular activities.

I understand we have families on each end and in the middle of the mask wearing and vaccination debate. I can also appreciate personal choice. I understand nothing is guaranteed to prevent one from becoming Covid positive yet we can still all opt in to try to minimize the risks to our students, teachers and community members by practicing the recommended mitigations from the CDC and local health department:

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Get tested at school or other testing sites in town
  3. Wear masks in indoor areas of congregate settings
  4. If quarantined: please follow quarantine guidelines and quarantine
  5. Social Distance
  6. Wash hands thoroughly and often
  7. Stay home if you are ill
  8. Other

Thank you for understanding and making the effort to help minimize the risk of exposure and positive results.

Respectfully,

Michael J Moore/SuperintendentMask Reccomendation Letter 9/10/2021 Mask recommendation 9-10-21

Grief Counseling Available

Students, we are sorry for our community’s recent loss. We want you all to know that your counselors will be available if you need help talking through some of your feelings over Labor Day weekend. Health Solutions in Walsenburg is also available if you would like to call and schedule services. You can contact your counselors by email to set up a google meet if needed. Sterling McCall , Diego Bobian , Ashley Schrauth . On Tuesday September 7th School Counselors and Health Solutions will be on site to provide additional support to any student who would like to talk. Parents if you have any questions please email your child’s School Counselor.

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Important Info for 21-22 School Year.

Very Important News: Huerfano RE-1 School Board voted and passed the following:

  1. Masks are Strongly recommended, not required, for all students, staff members and visitors.
  2. Masks are required on school transportation (buses/vehicles)
  3. All cleaning/sanitation and other mitigation protocols to reduce virus transmission will be in effect (temperature checks upon entry, testing when need is indicated or desired by parent, fogging of hallways and classrooms, etc.)
  4. This is a fluid situation and can change quickly. We will follow the advise of the Las Animas/Huerfano County Health Department when possible. If mandates are issued, we will follow the law.

Suggestions:

  1. Masks are available at schools should your student need one.
  2. If wearing cloth masks it is very important to wash them regularly.
  3. Encourage thorough handwashing multiple times a day while at school.
  4. If your student is ill or showing systems of COVID please stay home. If student feels ill while at school please ensure that they visit the school nurse.

Should you have any questions please contact the school nurse, Laurie O’Connor 719-738-2190

Schools Closed for March 17, 2021

All Huerfano Re-1 Schools including Gardner Valley Charter School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday March 17, 2021 due to the weather. Peakview and John Mall High School’s planned early release will now take place on Thursday.  School will be released for John Mall and Peakview at 2pm on Thursday. Gardner School will operate on their normal schedule on Thursday.

JMHS FBLA State Leadership Conference

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 15 members of the John Mall High School‘s FBLA Chapter that will be competing at the Colorado FBLA State Leadership Conference! Anthony, Maicy, Ricardo, Vincent, Dylan, Layla, Robert, Ciera, Isabella, Miguel, Lainie, Samantha, Travis and Mariah. You all make us proud!

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 15 members of the John Mall High School's FBLA Chapter that will be competing at the Colorado FBLA State Leadership Conference! Anthony, Maicy, Ricardo, Vincent, Dylan, Layla, Robert, Ciera, Isabella, Miguel, Lainie, Samantha, Travis and Mariah. You all make us proud!

Congrats JMHS Wrestling Team

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 7 members of the John Mall High School Wrestling Team that will be competing at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

Miguel, Eddie, Dale, Anthony, Travis, Wyatt and Tyler! You all make us proud!

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 7 members of the John Mall High School Wrestling Team that will be competing at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Tournament this weekend.  Miguel, Eddie, Dale, Anthony, Travis, Wyatt and Tyler! You all make us proud!