Sacramento City Unified is lifting its COVID-19 mask mandate

Nearly a month after California schools received permission from the state to ease COVID-19 mask restrictions, the Sacramento City Unified School District has announced that the district’s mask mandate for students and staff will be lifted when students return for spring break to return. Rather than requiring masks, the school district said in a press release it will begin masking by the 18th row. The school district said at a March 8 meeting that it would wait four straight weeks of low transmission levels before moving from a required mask policy to a recommended masks to recommend them. However, the school district adhered to its own individual mandate. When the school district announced its move away from mask requirements, it also sent free COVID-19 test kids to take home. Some received their kits as early as Thursday, but distribution will continue through Friday. According to SCUSD, sending the tests home the last time there was a holiday break helped more than 500 COVID-19 positive students and staff not return to school after the winter break, when the Omicron variant was widespread . SCUSD schools will be closed for Spring Break April 11-15. Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said in the release the school district will continue to purchase masks and make them available to those who wish to continue wearing them. In California, masks are still required on public transportation, airports, health care settings, prisons, emergency shelters, and long-term care facilities. In February, the state began to lift the mask requirement indoors in many places for the first time.

Almost a month after the California schools received permission from the state to ease COVID-19 mask restrictionsSacramento City’s Unified School District has announced that the district’s mask mandate for students and staff will be lifted when students return from spring break.

Rather than requiring masks, the school district said in a press release it will begin masking by the 18th row. The school district said at a March 8 meeting that it would wait four straight weeks of low transmission levels before moving from a required mask policy to a recommended one.

The California Department of Health and Human Services issued statewide guidance on March 12 to move away from and recommend wearing masks. However, the school district adhered to its own individual mandate.

When the school district announced its move away from mask requirements, it also sent free COVID-19 test kids to take home. Some received their kits as early as Thursday, but distribution will continue through Friday. According to SCUSD, sending the tests home the last time there was a holiday break helped keep more than 500 COVID-19 positive students and staff out of school after the winter break when the Omicron variant was widespread returned.

SCUSD schools will be closed April 11-15 for spring break.

Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said in the release the school district will continue to purchase masks and make them available to those who wish to continue wearing them.

In California, masks are still required on public transportation, airports, health care settings, prisons, emergency shelters, and long-term care facilities. In February, the state began to lift the mask requirement indoors in many places for the first time.

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