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Face Mask Requirements

March 1, 2022

Governor Newsome announced on Monday that state masking requirements for schools ends at midnight, March 11. March 14 will be the first day students, preschool – 8th grade, will not be required to wear a mask at our school. There is no distinction between vaccinated and non-vaccinated students. While masks will not be required, they are strongly recommended by the CDPH and OCHCA.

Mask Exemption & Medical Certification Request Form
K-12 (K is inclusive of TK) students and Preschool students ages 2 and up are required to mask indoors in school settings, with exemptions per CDPH facemask guidance. Parents/guardians of a student with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask may request an exemption. Additionally, per CDPH K-12 Guidance, "persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it."
 
Per the California Department of Public Health, only a physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner (N.P.), or physician assistant (P.A.) may determine an exemption. Click here for details, question # 3 specifically addresses mask exemptions. 
 
See waiver request below.
 
 
Last week the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated their COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance for the 2021-22 school year. Click Here to view the Guidelines.
 
Additionally, the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) released a joint statement regarding the updated California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for schools and universal mask requirements. To view the statement, click on the file below.
 
Per OCHCA and OCDE, all Orange County schools must follow the California Department of Public Health regulations requiring universal masking indoors for students and staff in TK-12 schools to begin the 2021-2022 school year and until guidance is revised.
 
The Department of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange has not yet made an official statement regarding these guidelines and requirements. We will share any updates with you as soon as they become available.