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Masks not required for students, staff in state's COVID health guidance for 2022-23 school year

Also includes recommendation, not mandate, for COVID-19 vaccine

State public health officials announced their public health guidance last week for the 2022-23 K-12 school year with no mask requirement for students or staff.

The guidance, which officially went into effect Friday, includes recommendations that students get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask indoors but does not require that they do either.

California students will not be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine until at least July 1, 2023, provided that the vaccine is fully approved by federal regulators for all age groups.

The guidance also requires that students cannot be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition for participating in a school event or activity.

Teachers and school staff are also not required to wear a mask, but the state has required them since August 2021 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly for the virus.

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"COVID-19 is here to stay, but we have learned methods and gained tools to decrease its impact on our health and well-being," the CDPH said in a statement on the guidelines. "California's schools can manage this disease in sustainable and adaptive manners."

Rapid antigen tests should be considered the primary testing option for schools over PCR tests, according to the CDPH. Students and staff are also advised to test for the virus before returning from summer, winter and spring breaks.

Schools will be required to provide paid COVID sick leave through at least Sept. 30, 2022. Students who test positive are also advised to stay home from school for at least five days and wear a mask around others for at least 10 days.

The state's full health guidance for K-12 schools can be found here.

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Masks not required for students, staff in state's COVID health guidance for 2022-23 school year

Also includes recommendation, not mandate, for COVID-19 vaccine

by Eli Walsh / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 4, 2022, 3:01 pm

State public health officials announced their public health guidance last week for the 2022-23 K-12 school year with no mask requirement for students or staff.

The guidance, which officially went into effect Friday, includes recommendations that students get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask indoors but does not require that they do either.

California students will not be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine until at least July 1, 2023, provided that the vaccine is fully approved by federal regulators for all age groups.

The guidance also requires that students cannot be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition for participating in a school event or activity.

Teachers and school staff are also not required to wear a mask, but the state has required them since August 2021 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly for the virus.

"COVID-19 is here to stay, but we have learned methods and gained tools to decrease its impact on our health and well-being," the CDPH said in a statement on the guidelines. "California's schools can manage this disease in sustainable and adaptive manners."

Rapid antigen tests should be considered the primary testing option for schools over PCR tests, according to the CDPH. Students and staff are also advised to test for the virus before returning from summer, winter and spring breaks.

Schools will be required to provide paid COVID sick leave through at least Sept. 30, 2022. Students who test positive are also advised to stay home from school for at least five days and wear a mask around others for at least 10 days.

The state's full health guidance for K-12 schools can be found here.

Comments

Guillermo M.
Registered user
Downtown
on Jul 5, 2022 at 2:12 pm
Guillermo M., Downtown
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 2:12 pm

We have always instructed our children to think for themselves, be conscious of their environment, surroundings & those around us. We also instructed them that under no circumstances were they to be forced into wearing a useless cloth/paper face diaper while in school. Through EXCELLENT legal counsel & a strongly & very clearly worded letter to the school board NONE of our children wore a useless muzzle while on campus. So yes, we are those “crazy Mexicans” responsible for all the commotion last year! We applaud the new guidance but regret that it ever happened.


Get the Facts
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2022 at 3:05 pm
Get the Facts, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 3:05 pm

So, to be clear, masks are not useless: Web Link

Masks are for others, they help to slow the spread. One wears them to prevent others from getting what you have, not the other way around, though it can help the wearer as well. Small price to pay to help everyone.

My suggestion to anyone who is anti-mask, next time you have surgery, please tell the surgeons and nurses and tech people in the room that they can all take off their masks, because you don't believe they work. Good luck to you with that.


SHale99
Registered user
Village High School
on Jul 5, 2022 at 5:40 pm
SHale99, Village High School
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 5:40 pm

to be clear no school district around us handed out cloth masks. That number 1.

Number 2: yeah, sure the district caved at your letter. If you had kids on campus, they wore a mask.

Good day.


John
Registered user
Birdland
on Jul 5, 2022 at 6:46 pm
John, Birdland
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 6:46 pm

Comparing wearing "Surgical mask" in surgery when you are open to infection compared to a "cloth" breath thru mask in public is really a dumb comparison.


Get the Facts
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2022 at 7:52 pm
Get the Facts, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 7:52 pm

I disagree. A mask protects others from what spews from your mouth, even if it's not a very good mask, it protects others. A surgical mask protects patients from a doctor's germs. It's that simple.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:15 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:15 am

“ A mask protects others from what spews from your mouth, even if it's not a very good mask, it protects others. A surgical mask protects patients from a doctor's germs. It's that simple.”

If masks works as you say they do then with this logic you should be demanding we wear masks all the time? We never did this with the flu. Furthermore, why don’t we place foam all around sharp objects, poles, and other obstacles in life? We should also wear helmets every day and gloves. If you believe that these paper napkins should be worn to protect you, then why wouldn’t you believe wearing one is good enough?

It’s really that simple when you think about it, read, and just look at the facts.


Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 6, 2022 at 9:43 am
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 9:43 am

SFChronicle had that article that Alameda county had slightly LOWER cases per capita than Contra Costa (despite Alameda's recent mask mandate). [Article: Web Link

Ya'll neckbeards are jabbed and boosted and still want healthy children to mask up indefinitely. Don't trust the vax very much?

If you're scared or sickly stay home, the rest of us will live our lives!


SHale99
Registered user
Village High School
on Jul 6, 2022 at 1:13 pm
SHale99, Village High School
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 1:13 pm

blah blah ....."and just look at the facts."

the simple fact is masks did help reduce the spread of covid. Period.

How big the percent is something you can yell and scream about. Bottom line, they worked to reduce (not totally prevent) the spread.

Good day.


Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 6, 2022 at 1:43 pm
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 1:43 pm

1) That article shows cases in Alameda County (mask mandates) were no higher than Contra Costa (no mask mandate)
2) Omicron death rates are very low, and next to 0 for kids
3) If you're vaxxed why do you care about covid; sounds like you don't trust the jab very much ;)

How long do you want to mask for? Feel free to wear one as long as you'd like.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:53 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:53 pm

You have no proof, except CNN telling you that ‘masks work.’

Please, wear your mask, but stop telling us to drink the cool aid.


SHale99
Registered user
Village High School
on Jul 7, 2022 at 12:27 pm
SHale99, Village High School
Registered user
on Jul 7, 2022 at 12:27 pm

blah blah 'You have no proof, except CNN telling you that ‘masks work.’'

the simple understood by majority is masks did and do REDUCE the spread of covid. That is a simple fact, even you, can research.

If you want to yell and turn red you are free debate just what percent that masks (not cloth) reduced the spread by.

Good day.


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