LAUSD keeps masks on as state drops classroom mask mandate

As millions of teachers and students across California return to class mask-free Monday, those in the Los Angeles Unified School District will still be masked as the district’s mandate remains in place.

California joined Washington and Oregon on Friday evening in dropping the masking requirement in schools, citing declines in coronavirus cases in the west. Los Angeles County has decided to align its guidelines with states, but the final decision rests with individual schools and districts.

LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho released a statement on Friday saying he “strongly supports amending previously negotiated Los Angeles Unified agreements to align with current health guidelines issued by the State of California and the Department of Los Angeles County Public Health,” adding that the district is in negotiations with union partners to try to move from requiring masks in schools to a strong recommendation.

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Other LA County districts like Beverly Hills Unified School District, Pasadena Unified School District and Burbank Unified School District have all ditched masks.

Some LAUSD parents don’t think change is coming soon enough. Some parents of students at West Hollywood Elementary School tell FOX 11’s Mario Ramirez that they plan to protest, sending their children to school without masks. Some expect their children to be sent home.

Other than citing ongoing negotiations, LAUSD did not indicate when the updated masking guidelines might drop.

According to LADPH’s COVID-19 dashboard, the county’s latest 7-day positivity rate is 0.97%.

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