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Mask plans for San Diego County school districts

While California ended the statewide mask mandate on March 12, local school districts are able to make their own decisions on how to handle masking going forward.

SAN DIEGO — For many students and faculty heading to school Monday, this marks a new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Tomorrow as we come to school, lets start this new day with gratitude," said David Miyashiro.

Cajon valley superintendent David Miyashiro sent this video out as students and staff get ready for school Monday following the mandate expiration.

As of March 12, California schools will no longer be required to have students mask up while they are inside, following Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement.

While face coverings will no longer be mandatory as of Saturday, March 12, they will still be strongly recommended by health officials and individual school districts can still opt to keep them mandatory.  

On Friday, March 4, San Diego Unified, the largest district in the county and second-largest in the state, announced that masks will no longer be required indoors for staff, students and visitors beginning on April 4.

Here is what the plans are surrounding masks for school districts in San Diego County 

Alpine Union School District

The district posted on Facebook on March 4 that California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that masks will no longer be required in schools starting March 12, 2022.  

The announcement by the Governor and CDPH gives me hope that regular life can once again resume.  As we enter this new phase, I once again ask for your grace as we move forward.  I encourage everyone to remain kind and respectful and appreciate the personal choices of our classmates and staff members.

Bonsall Unified School District: Specifics Unknown

Borrego Springs Unified School District

The district posted on Facebook on Feb 28 that they will be discussing the Governor's announcement in their board meeting on March 9

Do you have an update on a district and plans around masks? Please email the update with a link to social@kfmb.com so we can add it to this list.

Cajon Valley Union School District

The school district superintendent posted a YouTube message on March 13 to parents previewing their mask optional policy beginning on March 14.

Cardiff School District: Specifics Unknown 

Carlsbad Unified School District

The district posted on their website Feb 28: Beginning Monday, March 14, all students will still be permitted to wear a mask if they so choose, but will not be required to do so. It is unclear what the impact of this announcement will be for staff; we’re looking forward to an upcoming update from CalOSHA with more detail.

Chula Vista Elementary School District

In a letter to parents and staff on March 2, District Superintendent Eduardo Reyes stated that the district is meeting with multiple stakeholders groups to determine the best way to implement the new guidance. The input and information will be provided to the board at the next Board of Education meeting on March 9.

Coronado Unified School District

In a letter dated Feb 28, the school stated: The statewide school indoor mask mandate will expire for all students, regardless of vaccination status, at the end of the day on Friday, March 11. Monday, March 14 will be the first school day with no state requirement.

Dehesa School District: Specifics Unknown 

Del Mar Union School District: Specifics Unknown 

Do you have an update on a district and plans around masks? Please email the update with a link to social@kfmb.com so we can add it to this list.

Encinitas Union School District

The district sent a letter to families on Feb 28 that stated: The current indoor mask requirement will end at the end of the school day on March 11th. Therefore, beginning on Monday, March 14th it will be strongly recommended for students to wear facial coverings but there will be no requirement.

Escondido Union School District

The district posted on Facebook on Feb 28 that as of Saturday, March 12, students no longer will be required to wear masks.

Fallbrook Union High School District

The district posted an update on Feb 28 that stated: Beginning Monday, March 14, all students will still be permitted to wear a mask if they so choose, but will not be required to do so.

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District: Specifics Unknown

Do you have an update on a district and plans around masks? Please email the update with a link to social@kfmb.com so we can add it to this list.

Fallbrook Union High School District

The district posted an update on Feb 28 stating: Beginning Monday, March 14, all students will still be permitted to wear a mask if they so choose, but will not be required to do so.

Grossmont Union High School District

The district posted an update on March 10 stating: The state announced that masks will be optional at school and on school buses beginning March 12, 2022. 

Jamul-Dulzura Union School District: Specifics Unknown 

Julian Union School District: Specifics Unknown

Julian Union High School District: Specifics Unknown

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

The district posted on March 2 that effective Monday, March 14, 2022, masks will be strongly recommended, but no longer required in LMSV schools.

Oceanside Unified School District

The district posted on their website that effective March 14, masks will be optional but not required for students and staff at OUSD schools or in district offices.

Lakeside Union School District: Specifics Unknown 

Lemon Grove School District 

The district posted an update on March 10 stating: Beginning Monday, March 14th, students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks indoors.  

Mountain Empire Unified School District: Specifics Unknown

National School District: Specifics Unknown

Poway Unified School District

The district sent a letter to parents that beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, all students and staff members in K-12 settings will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors, although it is still strongly recommended. Any student or staff member who chooses to continue wearing a mask may do so.

WATCH RELATED: School mask changes | Del Norte High School students talk with CBS 8 about masks in schools. (March 14, 2022)

Ramona Unified School District

The district sent posted a letter to their Facebook page on March 11 stating:  While masks are strongly recommended, beginning Monday, March 14, wearing a mask will no longer be required indoors or outside at school, or on school buses for any student or adult, regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to make masks available for any individual who prefers to wear one at school.

Do you have an update on a district and plans around masks? Please email the update with a link to social@kfmb.com so we can add it to this list.

Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School District

The Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School District board voted on Feb 21 to make masks optional for students prior to the state's mask mandate ending.  A letter was sent from Superintendent Tripi to parents stating that the board "took action to approve mask choice for students effective February 22nd." The board cited the impact some parents say mask-wearing has had on their children including delayed speech development and emotional distress.

San Diego Unified School District

On Friday, March 4, the San Diego Unified School District posted that masks will no longer be required indoors for staff, students and visitors beginning on April 4.

RELATED: Two of San Diego's biggest school districts to keep mask mandate in place

San Dieguito Union High School District: Specifics Unknown 

San Marcos Unified School District

The district posted on Feb 28 that beginning March 12th masking in school settings will be moved from required to strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status.

San Pasqual Union School DistrictSpecifics Unknown

San Ysidro School District: Specifics Unknown

Santee School District

The district posted on March 2 on Facebook that the Board of Education approved mask choice for students effective Monday, March 14, 2022. While wearing a mask indoors is still strongly recommended by the State, the District will respect individual choice when it comes to masking. 

Solana Beach School District: Specifics Unknown

South Bay Union School District: Specifics Unknown

Spencer Valley School District: Specifics Unknown

Sweetwater Union High School District

The district sent a letter to parents stating: As we had indicated a couple of weeks ago, based on this examination of current COVID conditions, our District will be transitioning from a mask mandate to a position of strongly recommending facemasks while indoors. This will go into effect on Monday, April 4, 2022, immediately following our Spring Break.

RELATED: California to drop mask mandate in schools beginning on March 12

Vallecitos School District: Specifics Unknown

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District: Specifics Unknown

Vista Unified School District

The district posted an update on Feb 28 that stated: As a result of this change in the mask-wearing requirement from the CDPH, face coverings/masks will be optional for all students in all Vista Unified schools starting on Monday, March 14, 2022.

Warner Unified School District 

The district posted an update on March 11 that stated: On February 28th Governor Gavin Newson announced that after 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California, Oregon and Washington will adopt new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools... Masks are still highly recommended at schools and the school will continue to encourage social distancing, extra cleaning, providing masks, testing, contact tracing, and symptom screening.  

Do you have an update on a district and plans around masks? Please email the update with a link to social@kfmb.com so we can add it to this list.