A Christian school in Loveland, Colorado, has agreed to comply with state health officials in implementing COVID-19 protocols after previously refusing to do so.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Resurrection Christian School (RCS) recently had an outbreak where nearly 40 people were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
In response, Larimer County officials issued an order last Thursday stating that the school must implement numerous COVID-19 protocols or possibly be shut down.
The protocols include universal mask mandates and social distancing. They also require the school to record vaccination statuses for all students and staff and “conduct contract tracing for quarantine of all close contacts” for those who have not been fully vaccinated or who tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of a reported confirmed illness.
At the time, the school refused to comply with the order. According to the school’s superintendent, Jerry Eshleman, the decision to mask and vaccinate children should solely be left up to the parents. Additionally, RCS had sought legal counsel in pushing back against the order.
On Tuesday, Larimer County Health Department spokesperson Kori Wilford told The Christian Post that RCS has decided to cooperate with health officials in putting the protocols into place.
“RCS is working with our team to implement practices and protocols designed to keep as many students and staff learning and working safely, in person, while the outbreak resolves,” Wilford explained.
“The best practices required of RCS are proven strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and stop the current climb in cases associated with the outbreak,” she asserted. “The hope is that by implementing these measures quickly, the risk to students, staff, and visitors to the school will be reduced, and in-person learning can continue.”
Wilford also noted that the county granted the Christian school a short extension in implementing the protocols after missing the original deadline.
“These practices were to be implemented Monday, 9/13, and upon RCS letting us know they could not meet that, we granted them a short extension,” she said.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.