Most school districts plan to follow the state’s recommendation and “strongly recommend” masks after March 12, although they will not require them.
California is recommending masking in schools instead of requiring it after March 11, according to updated health guidance released by the state.
California districts, especially those in conservative areas of the state, are under pressure to allow students to attend school unmasked.
School officials are struggling to keep schools open amid Covid outbreaks and staffing shortages. Conflicting messages from California state officials are making it even more difficult.
California’s school vaccine mandate is moving closer to reality with the imminent approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for kids, but many are confused.
Learn more about the state's tiered system of assessing coronavirus risk and how it relates to schools.
State and federal health officials say prioritizing teachers and school staff will allow schools to reopen sooner for in-person instruction.
Backlog of records is expected to be added to county data within 72 hours, which will allow the state to unfreeze its county monitoring list.
After the data issues are resolved, counties will be able to make decisions about elementary school waivers, state official says.