Los Angeles Schools Announces End of Classroom Mask MandateOn March 19, 2022 by editor
The Los Angeles Unified School District – the largest U.S. school district that still needs masks for staff and students – says it will lift the mandate next week as COVID-19 infection rates decline.
ByThe Associated Press
March 19, 2022, 12:43 AM
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District – the largest school district in the United States that still needs masks for staff and students – announced Friday that it will lift the order as the rate of Kovid-19 infection continues to decline.
The country’s second-largest school district said it would drop the requirement by next Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the teachers’ union, although other virus protection measures, such as weekly testing, would remain in place during the school year.
LAUSD Kindergarten has over 600,000 students up to 12th grade. The country’s largest district, New York City, ended its mask mandate on March 7, with the exception of classrooms serving children under 5 who are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The United Teachers Los Angeles School Mask was delayed in completing its mandate until the vast majority of students and staff were vaccinated. This has disappointed some parents who have seen the state, Los Angeles County and many local districts abandon their orders, and there have been small demonstrations at several schools in recent weeks.
However, the county still recommends wearing a mask at school.
“I would like to personally thank our students, staff and family for their support and patience,” said LAUSD Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said in a statement: “We know some masks should be worn in our school community and offices, others may not. Please consider your situation and do what is best for you or your child.”
The move comes as a result of a deadly winter COVID-19 wave driven by the California Omicron variant. Public health officials say extensive vaccinations have helped in caseload and hospitalization The state on Friday reported a daily average of 6.5 per 100,000 new cases in seven days. This compares with a rate of 72.4 cases per 100,000 in December.
The state further said that 83.6% of the population has been vaccinated.
On Friday, the California Department of Public Health announced that as of April 1, drawing crowds of 1,000 or more people to indoor concerts, sporting events and other “mega events” would not require them to show evidence that they had been vaccinated or recently tested. Negative for COVID-19.
However, event holders may decide to continue with the requirements, which are strongly recommended by health officials.