CEA Media Release: Colorado education, public health and medical coalition release “Take the Pledge for Colorado Students” campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2020

Colorado education, public health and medical coalition release “Take the Pledge for Colorado Students” campaign

Statewide organizations implore Coloradans to wear masks and minimize contact to battle the rise of COVID-19

DENVER – The Colorado Education Association (CEA), along with a coalition of medical and public health professionals and other education experts, has announced a “Take the Pledge for Colorado Students” campaign to combat the rise of COVID-19 in the state. The pledge asks people to diligently wear masks, refrain from holiday gatherings, and stay home except when there is no other option in order to minimize community spread, which will in turn help Colorado students return to safe, in-person learning as soon as possible.

You can see and take the pledge here: https://takethepledgecolorado.org/

“We have come so far in this pandemic but we need to be doing a lot more in order to get this under control,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association. “Committing ourselves to do everything we can now will help us be able to get back into schools, open our small businesses and restaurants, and live a more normal life in the nearer term.”

“Consistent mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing will go a long way to getting our state healthy and thriving again,” said Rusha Lev, MD, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, Colorado Chapter. “This will take all of us and by pledging to do these things, we can rally together and show our commitment for Colorado’s children.”

Coalition partners endorsing the pledge include the Colorado Education Association, Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Association of School Executives, Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, Colorado Association of School Boards, Colorado Association of School Nurses, Support Jeffco Kids, and the American Federation of Teachers – Colorado.

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 39,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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