On Friday, February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance regarding the use and care of masks. In areas of low transmission, mask wearing “is based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.” The CDC now applies this guidance to schools.
Additionally, the CDC “is exercising its enforcement discretion to not require that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. The CDC is making this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level.”
District 214 is in an area of low transmission and has been mask optional since February 7. We will remain a mask optional environment for all students, staff and visitors.