As the COVID-19 pandemic looms and is rapidly being transmitted through community spread, health officials are providing guidance to local schools.

El Paso County Public Health officials have issued an updated order for all independent school districts and private schools for the upcoming reopening of on-campus instruction.

The order will go into effect today, Thursday, July 9 and recommends the following guidelines to local schools:

Earlier this week, health and area school system officials met to discuss ongoing preventative measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on campuses.

The full Health Order issued is available online at epstrong.org.