According to the California Department of Public Health, masks are one of the most effective and simplest safety mitigation layers to prevent in-school transmission of COVID-19 infections and to support full time in-person instruction in schools. Per state requirements, all K -12 students are required to use face coverings while indoors, despite vaccination status, and face coverings are optional when outdoors. The latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) supports CDPH whereby recommending universal masking in schools. Please note, mask directives could change as new guidance becomes available.
Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it as per CDPH. Schools are required to provide students alternatives if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines. Please speak directly to your child’s administrative team at your school site regarding those alternatives.
MUSD will provide one (1) cloth face covering to all students at the outset of the school year; and will have face coverings available for students who inadvertently fail to bring one to school to prevent unnecessary exclusions. As we saw last school year, our students/families were understanding of the community need to wear a mask as a mitigation measure against the virus, and we anticipate the same supportive response this year as part of ongoing safety measures for return to public school with the focus on remaining in school.
MUSD offers alternative educational opportunities (K-12 Online Academy and 9-12 Independent Study) for students who are not comfortable returning to in-person learning.