Edmonds School District to lift indoor and outdoor mask mandates March 14

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Superintendent Gustavo Balderas

Updated with clarification that indoor and outdoor terms end on March 14.

The Edmonds School District announced Tuesday evening that it will be lifting its indoor and outdoor mask mandates in schools and district offices starting Monday, March 14.

The school district “will continue to recommend masking, however, it will be an individual or family decision and that decision will be respected,” Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said Tuesday in a message to families. “We encourage families to discuss and decide if wearing a mask at school is right for your student.

“We ask everyone to be respectful and sensitive to the individual needs of our families and staff in this transition,” Balderas added. “Bullying will not be tolerated for anyone wearing or not wearing a mask.”

Balderas also said in his letter that the Washington State Department of Health released new requirements and guidelines on Tuesday to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in schools. “We ask for patience as we navigate these changes and their impact on our day-to-day operations,” the superintendent said. “We expect to provide more details later this week.

Here is the full letter from Dr. Balderas:

Dear Edmonds School District Families, Staff and Students,

After considering the advice of our state and local health officials, beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, the Edmonds School District will be lifting our indoor mask mandate in schools and district offices. The mandate of the outer mask will end tomorrow, Wednesday March 9.

Remember: Masks are still required indoors and outdoors in the Edmonds School District until March 14.

This morning, the Washington State Department of Health released new requirements and guidelines to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in schools. We ask for patience as we navigate these changes and their impact on our daily operations. We plan to provide more details later this week.

The Edmonds School District will continue to recommend mask wearing, however, it will be an individual or family decision and that decision will be respected. We encourage families to discuss and decide if wearing a mask at school is right for your student.

We ask everyone to be respectful and sensitive to the individual needs of our families and staff in this transition. Bullying will not be tolerated for anyone wearing or not wearing a mask.

Thank you for your continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

In partnership,

Dr Gustavo Balderas
Superintendent

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