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Richland School District ends mask mandate

Beginning March 11, masks will be recommended but not mandated at the Richland School District.

Superintendent Rosa Romero sent a letter to parents regarding the change. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced he was updating the policy for mask wearing indoors for public schools.

“Mask wearing is still strongly recommended and is an option for every student or staff member who wishes to wear one at any time,” Romero said in the letter.

She said masks will be available for staff and students who request them. Romero also said that they are transitioning from the pandemic response into a new chapter where they can use more routine disease control tactics.

The letter goes on to say that it is still recommended to use common sense and focus on personal responsibility and respect.

“One should not make assumptions regarding someone’s beliefs or health status based upon their choice to wear or not wear a mask, nor should they comment on them,” she said.

Romero said protocols will still be followed after March 11 which includes weekly testing for unvaccinated people, as well as contact tracing. They also said students and staff should continue to remain home when sick, are encouraged to take a covid-19 test if exhibiting symptoms, and if they have been exposed to the virus.

Romero said she appreciates the community’s patience and cooperation.


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