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Masks required in Clear Creek schools As Clear Creek schools start the new year this week, everyone in the district’s four buildings will be required to wear masks. The exceptions are when students …
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Masks required in Clear Creek schools
As Clear Creek schools start the new year this week, everyone in the district’s four buildings will be required to wear masks.
The exceptions are when students are outside or when some of the young students are learning phonics and reading, Superintendent Karen Quanbeck said during a joint work session between the school board and the Clear Creek commissioners on Aug. 12. Teachers and staff who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 will be asked to test for the illness twice a week.
“I think masks are important and a wise decision,” Commissioner Randy Wheelock said.
Quanbeck said the district has changed its masking plans as information about the Delta variant has changed.
“For the most part, I feel like our community is very trusting,” Quanbeck said. “We will lose some people (because of the mask requirement), and we will gain some people. But at the end of the day, we have to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and say we have been keeping kids safe.”
Workforce housing being considered
County officials are interested in putting affordable workforce housing on the track south of Building 103, which is the former middle school property.
Commissioner George Marlin told the school board at their joint work session on Aug. 12 that state funding might be available so the county could purchase the property and then find a developer to build housing units.
School board President Mitch Houston said Marlin’s suggestion aligned with the school board’s goal for that property, and the school district did not want to be in the housing-development business.
Both boards agreed to continue discussions.
Bus barn site possibilities
The school district is looking at two properties to relocate the bus maintenance facility after Four Points Development buys the current bus barn and football field properties.
One of the properties is in Idaho Springs while the other is next to Clear Creek High School/Middle School.
Superintendent Karen Quanbeck said at a joint work session between the school board and the Clear Creek commissioners on Aug. 12 that she was excited about the possibility of locating the bus facility next to the high school. She envisions classrooms and workshops for students to learn about engines similar to the Project Bike Tech program that teaches students to tune and fix bikes and Project Snow Tech program that does the same with snowboards and skis.
Once the property is sold, which is expected to happen in the spring, the school district has 22 months to relocate the buses.
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