California lifts mask mandates for indoor settings for all, school mask mandate ends March 11

Yesterday the state announced that it will lift the mask mandate for unvaccinated individuals effective today, March 1. The school mask mandate will end at midnight on March 11.

Masking up will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. Local jurisdictions can impose stricter rules than the state

Gov. Gavin Newsom joined the governors of Oregon and Washington to announce the states would be strongly recommending masking in schools instead of mandating it.

“California continues to adjust our policies based on the latest data and science, applying what we’ve learned over the past two years to guide our response to the pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. “Masks are an effective tool to minimize spread of the virus and future variants, especially when transmission rates are high. We cannot predict the future of the virus, but we are better prepared for it and will continue to take measures rooted in science to keep California moving forward.

The Elk Grove Unified School District issued a statement saying it will work with the Sacramento County Public Health Department.

Dear Elk Grove Unified Staff, Students and Families,

Today, the California Public Health Department announced that beginning March 12th, masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended in schools and child care facilities. We are reviewing the newly released state level information and looking forward to updated guidance from Sacramento County Public Health.

Elk Grove Unified staff will revise District safety protocols in alignment with updated state and local county guidance. We will provide district wide communication once our plan is updated. Amended protocols will go into effect beginning March 12th. Until that time, all current COVID-19 mitigation strategies will remain in place. 

To date, our adherence to public health guidance has helped us keep schools open for in-person learning and has moved us steadily in a positive direction. We have much to look forward to in the next couple of months including end-of-year activities like proms/balls, graduations and promotion ceremonies as well as increasing opportunities for parent volunteers in our schools.

We thank everyone for doing their part in keeping each other safe.

Last week the Rocklin School District announced it would no longer require masks in schools. On Monday over 200 Rocklin teachers stayed home as a result of the decision.

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