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ROCKLIN, Calif. - February 28, 2022 - Since September 2020, the Rocklin Unified School District has followed California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance to offer in-person instruction safely in schools.
Last week, RUSD Board of Trustees gave direction to the RUSD Superintendent regarding mask enforcement on campuses that went into effect today. This morning, February 28, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom and CDPH announced that “masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended” in school and childcare settings, beginning on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
According to CDPH, masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transportation, emergency shelters, healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and long-term care facilities.
Additionally, CalOSHA will also announce updates to their guidance for employees in the coming days.
Rocklin Unified is appreciative of the commitment and resilience of the RUSD community.
Rocklin Unified School District
ROCKLIN, Calif. – February 23, 2022 – The Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Trustees has regularly expressed concern that current student face covering enforcement protocols prevent students from achieving their fullest academic potential and social emotional well being. Fortunately, RUSD’s case positivity rate has decreased significantly. Therefore, to align with our vision of maximizing learning for all of our students, the RUSD Board of Trustees have given direction to Superintendent Roger Stock to update student mask enforcement policies, effective February 28, 2022:
- All students will be educated about current CDPH mask wearing guidance via signage and written communication home to families. Students will not be excluded from a school facility, school related activities, removed from a classroom, nor separated within a classroom for not wearing a mask.
- The District will continue mitigation efforts for all students and staff, including the use of MERV-13 air filters and making masks and COVID testing available.
- Staff and adult volunteers will continue to wear masks as required by CalOSHA.
- Staff will review and update the COVID Health and Safety Guidance documents.
- Staff may hold instruction outdoors as weather permits.
- RUSD will provide information about the District’s Independent Study program to interested families.
- RUSD continues to follow CDPH requirements.
- Most importantly, all students and staff will be treated with respect and kindness.
For the past two years, RUSD has remained committed to providing full-day, in-person instruction. We are proud to be one of the first districts in California to do so. Throughout each step of the process, RUSD has complied with every California State Law, CalOSHA guidelines, and CDPH requirements. The RUSD Board looks forward to the full return of local decision making authority as quickly as possible, pending the expiration of Governor Newsom’s Emergency Orders, which we expect on March 31, 2022.