State to Reassess Masking Requirement For Schools on February 28, 2022

Dear TUSD Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

This communication is an update to the Mask Requirement communication that we shared this morning. This afternoon, Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency announced that the state will reassess California’s indoor mask requirements for TK-12 schools on February 28, 2022.

Dr. Ghaly stated, “Masking requirements will expire as conditions improve” and reiterated, “there is no change at this time to the CDPH school masking requirement however, on February 28, 2022, CDPH will reassess data/conditions for a future change to the statewide school masking requirement.”

Over the next two weeks, the state will look at indicators such as case rates, testing positivity percentages, hospitalizations, pediatric hospitalizations, and vaccine rates, and on February 28, announce a timeline for lifting the school masking mandate. In the meantime, face coverings in K-12 settings will remain a state requirement for students and staff members, while students are present indoors. Masks are optional in all outdoor settings.

TUSD will continue to monitor local and state guidelines and provide timely communication in an effort to keep our community informed. The health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community continues to be our priority. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. You can read more regarding today’s announcement on the Orange County Department of Education Newsroom webpage.