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CDC Guidance Update regarding Masks for K-12 Schools

May 17, 2021

Masks will still be required in Southern Humboldt schools, even if you’re fully vaccinated


Two schoolboys going to elementary school together, boys are wearing surgical mask do to coronavirus.


CDC recently released guidance on the ability of fully vaccinated people to resume pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.  This guidance has raised questions for schools about how to proceed in the current school year.  CDC recommends schools continue to use the COVID-19 prevention strategies outlined in the current version of CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools for at least the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic school year.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made interim recommendations Wednesday about relaxing some safety protocols for fully vaccinated individuals, California state law on mask-wearing still takes precedence.

Currently, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA requires that masks be worn in all indoor settings and at crowded outdoor events, according to a release from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center.

While people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to wear masks in many settings, updated federal guidance recommends that masks and social distancing still be required in schools for the rest of the school year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Saturday that clarified schools should continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies, including universal masking and social distancing. (Originally, the CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people would not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances or when state, local, or company policy requires masks.)

Currently, The Southern Humboldt Unified School District, in compliance with state and local guidance released by the Humboldt County Joint Information Center as well as the agreements made with both the Certificated and Classified employee organizations, will continue to require masks for all students and staff as outlined in our current Covid-19 Safety Plan.

graphic of girl wearing a pink maskgraphic of a boy wearing a blue mask

Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit. Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides.