Universal Indoor Masking Remains in Effect at SFUSD

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Universal indoor masking remains in effect at SFUSD

The easing of California Department of Public Health (CDPH)'s masking order will not apply to PK-12 schools. Indoor masking is still required at this time regardless of vaccination status. 

Even though San Francisco lifted universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings beginning February 16, universal masking will continue to be in effect at SFUSD as part of the layered approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. 

All students and adults, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a mask or face covering indoors that covers nose, mouth and chin at all times except if drinking, eating, napping or if student/staff has a medical exemption.

Universal masking indoors is one of the key preventative measures that SFUSD is implementing to slow the spread of COVID-19. This policy is in effect until further notice.

For early education programs, such as preschool and childcare settings, CDPH continues to require masking for children older than age two. Vaccinations for children under 5 are currently undergoing federal review. Workplaces will continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention standards set by CalOSHA. 

Face masks are optional outdoors and not required 

Face masks are not required outdoors. However, students can still wear masks when they are outdoors if they choose to do so. 

SFUSD staff, students, and visitors who are vaccinated and choose not to mask outdoors should respect the choices of those who continue to mask outdoors. Please be kind and respectful as people evaluate their risks and make choices to protect themselves and those around them. 

Mask Protocols

The best face mask is one that is worn properly and consistently. It should provide a good fit on your face to stop too much air from coming in and out. 

Cloth and disposable masks, along with other PPE such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, will also be available at school sites. 

Review these protocols, practice wearing your masks, and remember to pack an extra in your backpack as you get ready for school!