As our families prepare for the fall semester, we want to share information that impacts our schools and daily interactions on our campuses.
Updated CDC Guidance - July 27, 2021
The CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
Promoting vaccination to help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
Wearing masks indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older).
Practicing physical distancing in schools where not everyone is vaccinated.
Students should not be excluded from in-person learning to maintain physical distancing.
New State Law: Mask and Vaccinations, retroactive to July 1, 2021:
Prohibits requiring students or staff to use face coverings during school hours and on school property.
Prohibits school districts or charter schools from requiring that a student or teacher receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Prohibits requiring wearing a face covering to participate in in-person instruction.
Here is a link to the July 27th updated CDC recommended guidelines in schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html.
Tanque Verde Pediatrics Recommendation
Included in the discussion was a letter from Tanque Verde Pediatrics with their recommendations for mask wearing in schools, based on the updated CDC Guidance issued on July 27, 2021.