Masks will not be required in K-12 public schools for new school year in California

The California Department of Public Health has issued new COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming K-12 school year.The latest regulations included getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and wearing a mask indoors, but the state Department of Public Health said it is not a requirement to do either.”It just kind of clarified a few things for us, so many of the mitigation strategies that we are going to continue to implement are the same ones we’re going to be implementing during the school year,” said Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education superintendent.Those tools schools will use when K-12 classes resume in the fall include testing, vaccinations and masking will be recommended but not required.The California Department of Public Health published a statement about its guidelines”COVID-19 is here to stay, but we have learned methods and gained tools to decrease its impact on our health and well-being,” “California’s schools can manage this disease in sustainable and adaptive manners.””I think COVID-19 is more endemic at this point, it is something we are learning to live with; at the same time we really need to be vigilant. The new strains of the virus are more contagious and in some cases more dangerous” Sabbah said.Rapid antigen testing is considered the preferred testing option for schools over PCR tests.And now vaccines are available for everyone including children 6 months and older.”With those tools available the likelihood of having a severe outbreak in a school is very low and the consequences of that is low as well,” said Dr. David Ghilarducci, Santa Cruz County deputy health officer.Students and staff are also advised to test for COVID-19 before returning from summer, winter, and spring breaks.”I feel like the option to wear a mask is nice, especially for students. I know my daughter in particular is very excited about the option of not to have to wear masks,” said Santa Cruz parent Aleda Reece.But the state Department of Health does give educators the option to implement stricter guidelines if needed, Sabbah said.”Here at the Office of Education because of increase in cases in the community we do require masking indoors at the C.O.E and so schools and businesses are able to implement policy’s that are more restrictive from the guidelines that we received from the state.”The Office of Education held two town hall meetings about the new state health requirements. One was held in Spanish and the other is in English.Both are available on the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Website.The California Department of Public Health has issued new COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming K-12 school year.The latest regulations included getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and wearing a mask indoors but the C.D.P.H. says it is not a requirement to do either.”It just kind of clarified a few things for us, so many of the mitigation strategies that we are going to continue to implement are the same one’s we’re going to be implementing during the school year.” said, Dr. Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent.Those tools schools will use when k-12 classes resume in the fall include:Testing, vaccinations and masking will be strongly recommended but not required.The California Department of Public Health published a statement about its guidelines”COVID-19 is here to stay, but we have learned methods and gained tools to decrease its impact on our health and well-being,” “California’s schools can manage this disease in sustainable and adaptive manners.””I think Covid-19 is more endemic at this point, it is something we are learning to live with; at the same time we really need to be vigilant. The new strains of the virus are more contagious and in some cases more dangerous” said, Dr. Sabbah.Rapid Antigen testing are considered the preferred testing option for schools over P.C.R. tests.And now vaccines are available for everyone including children 6 months and older.”With those tools available the likelihood of having a severe outbreak in a school is very low and the consequences of that is low as well” said, Dr. David Ghilarducci, Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer.Students and staff are also advised to test for COVID before returning from summer, winter, and spring breaks.”I feel like the option to wear a mask is nice especially for students. I know my daughter in particular is very excited about the option of not to have to wear masks.” said, Santa Cruz parent, Aleda Reece.But the C.D.P.H. does give educators the option to implement stricter guidelines if needed said, Dr. Sabbah.”Here at the Office of Education because of increase in cases in the community we do require masking indoors at the C.O.E and so schools and businesses are able to implement policy’s that are more restrictive from the guidelines that we received from the state.”The Office of Education held two town hall meetings about the new state health requirements.One was held in Spanish and the other is in English.Both are available on the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Website.

The California Department of Public Health has issued new COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming K-12 school year.

The latest regulations included getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and wearing a mask indoors, but the state Department of Public Health said it is not a requirement to do either.

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“It just kind of clarified a few things for us, so many of the mitigation strategies that we are going to continue to implement are the same ones we’re going to be implementing during the school year,” said Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education superintendent.

Those tools schools will use when K-12 classes resume in the fall include testing, vaccinations and masking will be recommended but not required.

The California Department of Public Health published a statement about its guidelines

“COVID-19 is here to stay, but we have learned methods and gained tools to decrease its impact on our health and well-being,” “California’s schools can manage this disease in sustainable and adaptive manners.”

“I think COVID-19 is more endemic at this point, it is something we are learning to live with; at the same time we really need to be vigilant. The new strains of the virus are more contagious and in some cases more dangerous” Sabbah said.

Rapid antigen testing is considered the preferred testing option for schools over PCR tests.

And now vaccines are available for everyone including children 6 months and older.

“With those tools available the likelihood of having a severe outbreak in a school is very low and the consequences of that is low as well,” said Dr. David Ghilarducci, Santa Cruz County deputy health officer.

Students and staff are also advised to test for COVID-19 before returning from summer, winter, and spring breaks.

“I feel like the option to wear a mask is nice, especially for students. I know my daughter in particular is very excited about the option of not to have to wear masks,” said Santa Cruz parent Aleda Reece.

But the state Department of Health does give educators the option to implement stricter guidelines if needed, Sabbah said.

“Here at the Office of Education because of increase in cases in the community we do require masking indoors at the C.O.E and so schools and businesses are able to implement policy’s that are more restrictive from the guidelines that we received from the state.”

The Office of Education held two town hall meetings about the new state health requirements. One was held in Spanish and the other is in English.

Both are available on the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Website.

The California Department of Public Health has issued new COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming K-12 school year.

The latest regulations included getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and wearing a mask indoors but the C.D.P.H. says it is not a requirement to do either.

“It just kind of clarified a few things for us, so many of the mitigation strategies that we are going to continue to implement are the same one’s we’re going to be implementing during the school year.” said, Dr. Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent.

Those tools schools will use when k-12 classes resume in the fall include:

Testing, vaccinations and masking will be strongly recommended but not required.

The California Department of Public Health published a statement about its guidelines

“COVID-19 is here to stay, but we have learned methods and gained tools to decrease its impact on our health and well-being,” “California’s schools can manage this disease in sustainable and adaptive manners.”

“I think Covid-19 is more endemic at this point, it is something we are learning to live with; at the same time we really need to be vigilant. The new strains of the virus are more contagious and in some cases more dangerous” said, Dr. Sabbah.

Rapid Antigen testing are considered the preferred testing option for schools over P.C.R. tests.

And now vaccines are available for everyone including children 6 months and older.

“With those tools available the likelihood of having a severe outbreak in a school is very low and the consequences of that is low as well” said, Dr. David Ghilarducci, Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer.

Students and staff are also advised to test for COVID before returning from summer, winter, and spring breaks.

“I feel like the option to wear a mask is nice especially for students. I know my daughter in particular is very excited about the option of not to have to wear masks.” said, Santa Cruz parent, Aleda Reece.

But the C.D.P.H. does give educators the option to implement stricter guidelines if needed said, Dr. Sabbah.

“Here at the Office of Education because of increase in cases in the community we do require masking indoors at the C.O.E and so schools and businesses are able to implement policy’s that are more restrictive from the guidelines that we received from the state.”

The Office of Education held two town hall meetings about the new state health requirements.

One was held in Spanish and the other is in English.

Both are available on the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Website.

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