Face Covering Recommendation - July 29, 2021
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday, August 2nd. While safely returning to in-person instruction is our priority, we also know that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health issue impacting us all. COVID mitigation strategies remain critical to help protect people from the virus, especially in areas of moderate-to-high community transmission levels.
On July 7, Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order banning mask and vaccine mandates in public schools throughout the state. Subsequently, House Bill 2898 passed in the Arizona legislature, prohibiting schools from requiring face coverings for students and staff during school hours and on school property or to participate in in-person learning.
Since this time, the CDC has issued new guidelines for educators, recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. It remains our responsibility to navigate these events, which includes prioritizing health and safety in accordance with recommendations from state and national agencies while also following the requirements of the law.
While the administration recommends face coverings while indoors regardless of vaccination status in accordance with CDC guidelines as an additional step to help prevent the transmission of COVID in our schools and community, they also remain optional in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order and House Bill 2898. COVID-19 remains a challenge and moving target for all school Districts. MUSD will continue to follow our Mitigation Plan at all schools and District sites. It is going to take a resilient community and proactive steps to keep COVID transmissions down. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and staff healthy – and in school!
- Marana Unified School District Administration