COVID Numbers Decline: CCUSD Drops Expected Indoor Mask Mandate for Return to Classrooms

In a letter to the community, Culver city Unified School Superintendent Quoc Tran sent a message that the new school year would not be starting our by requiring indoor masking of students and staff. “As many Culver City Unified School District families are preparing for the return-to-school, we would like to provide additional details to the information that the Los Angeles County Office of Education shared during yesterday’s phone call with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).

Following the recent alarming surge in COVID-19 BA.5 variants (as of 07/21/2022: 8,691 new cases reported, 15.73% 7-day average daily testing positivity rate, and 1,329 new hospitalizations) LACDPH is trending toward reinstatement of its county-wide indoor mask mandate. This is widely expected to take place on Thursday, July 28 given the current trends. School campuses would be included in this requirement. Should LACDPH reinstitute its mandate, CCUSD will adhere to that directive and require the use of indoor masks for all of our staff, students and visitors effective August 1, 2022. It is anticipated that this LACDPH in-door mask mandate would continue to be in effect as CCUSD begins the 2022-23 school year, therefore, CCUSD is working proactively to prepare and will have appropriate masks (KF94 or N95) to distribute to staff and students as they are needed.

It has been a two-plus-year struggle for all of us addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. I had hoped that this would have been, by now, a non-issue for CCUSD. Frustratingly, the pandemic is still impacting our students, staff and families. CCUSD will continue to provide updates as they come in from the LACDPH, the County of LA, and the State, and should these updates require adjustments to CCUSD COVID-19 protocols the District will change them accordingly. We thank you for your continued cooperation as we all work to keep our staff and students healthy and safe.”

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