Students to optionally unmask indoors at Winters JUSD sites starting on March 14

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The state’s indoor-mask requirement at K-12 schools is scheduled to end on March 12. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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On Monday, the Winters Joint Unified School District sent out messaging to families informing them that March 14 would be the first day of school where wearing masks would be optional indoors.

The move follows the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Monday announcement that the state would be lifting the existing indoor face covering mandate currently in place in all California K-12 schools, effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Students will return to school on Monday under the new guidance.

The change in state health guidance on indoor-masking at K-12 schools no longer makes the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson said she strongly recommended Yolo County 

residents to continue wearing well-fitting mask indoors.

The Winters JUSD statement said they will communicate any additional changes or new information as soon as it is made available.

“We know that changes in public health policy may be stressful; please be sure that Winters JUSD will continue to support families as they make the choices that are best for them,” the press release stated.

Jenny Pinedo, Director of Special Education & Student Services, is scheduled to give an update on the Winter JUSD COVID-19 stats and guidance at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 3.

The state had previously taken action on Feb. 14 to only require unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors. Ghaly had noted the state would reassess the requirement to wear face coverings indoors in two week’s time.

The week prior, Sisson changed her recommendation on outdoor masking at schools, saying where more than 50 percent of a student population is vaccinated, she would no longer recommend mask wearing outdoors as she has since the beginning of the school year.

Winters JUSD had already lifted its outdoor masking requirement last year following a lengthly discussion by the Board of Trustees.

The Winters JUSD COVID-related information and the Winters JUSD COVID dashboard are available online at https://www.wintersjusd.org/ on the COVID-19 Information tab.

For more information about Yolo County’s COVID-19 response, visit www.yolocounty.org/covid.

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