Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance for K-12 schools for the upcoming school year. The California guidance is different from the updated Centers for Disease Control (CDC) K-12 schools’ guidance, and this has caused some confusion and much discussion among families and educators across the state.
The updated CDPH guidance for the upcoming school year includes:
- All K-12 students are required to mask indoors.
- All adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.
- Masks are optional outdoors for all in K-12 school settings.
- Quarantine requirements following close contact/exposure have been reduced to cut down on absences.
- Physical distancing and cohort scheduling requirements have been removed.
California school districts are legally obligated to implement and enforce the CDPH’s health and safety mandates. Some media reports have implied that districts have the discretion to make masks optional or create their own standards for enforcement, which is not accurate. We do not have the authority or discretion to decide this matter ourselves. We are required to enforce this mandate, as we would with any law, regulation, or policy. If you have any concerns or comments, they should be directed here to the CDPH, the source of the mandate.
Poway Unified School District has received many calls and emails, specifically in regards to how PUSD students and staff will be affected by all of this. They know this topic is of extremely high interest, and are interested in continuing to hear input from you. You can provide comments on this or any topic by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/PUSDListens
All comments specific to masking will be gathered from now through Friday, August 6, in order to be shared with Board members and state/county leaders.
As we well know from this past year, public health guidelines are constantly changing during this pandemic, so Poway Unified School District will continue to monitor the very latest and communicate directly with staff and families if guidelines change, as we approach the start of the new year.
Please feel free to contact Principal Mindy Davis with any questions or concerns. email@example.com