Statement on mask guidance from Madera Unified School District

Given the recent update from the state on masking policies at school, Madera Unified School District wants to clearly communicate what parents can expect on MUSD campuses for the next two weeks.


California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the timeline and details for ending the indoor mask requirement for school settings.


The California Department of Public Health announcement on Monday provided the following guidelines:


• Masking is still required indoors until the end of day, March 11. Masking is still recommended beyond March 11.


• The first day of in-class instruction with voluntary masking will be March 14.


• The new state policy provides no distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated students.


• Local heath departments may issue stricter guidelines.


MUSD will follow the Madera County Department of Public Health and California Department of Public Health guidelines for indoor maskings.


How does that impact your child?


Currently, all students in California are required to wear masks indoors for a school district to remain in compliance with state law. SDPH will be updating K-12 Schools Guidance to reflect that students and staff members in K-12 setting will be strongly recommended, but not required to wear masks while indoors, beginning March 14.


Guidance for use of face masks


Updates, as of February 28:


• Effective March 1, the requirement that unvaccinated individuals mask in indoor public settings will move to a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue indoor masking.


• Universal masking shall remain required in specified high-risk settings.


• After March 11, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and Childcare settings will terminate. CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to mask in indoor settings when the universal masking requirement lifts.