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Northern Nevada schools respond to updated mask guidelines

The Washoe County School District said the mask mandate will remain in place despite updated...
The Washoe County School District said the mask mandate will remain in place despite updated guidelines from the CDC.(WCSD)
Published: May. 14, 2021 at 12:57 PM PDT|Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 1:11 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Despite the CDC easing guidelines of mask wearing, the Carson City School District said it will still require masks through the remainder of the school year.

The district released a statement Friday to provide more clarity for parents, families, employees and educators, saying in part:

“The Carson City School District will continue to follow the health and safety protocols that currently exists within the district and the COVID-19 Mitigation Transition Plan set forth by the Carson City Board of Supervisors. Therefore, for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, masks will continue to be required indoors and where individuals are unable to socially distance, regardless of vaccination status.”

Face coverings must be worn on all school campuses and sites, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors.

The district said it would reevaluate the plan this summer and make any necessary changes prior to the start of school. “We do look forward to the possibilities of normal “school as usual” for the coming 2021-2022 school year,” the district said.

The Washoe County School District said Friday that the mask mandate remains in place and students must continue to wear masks while school officials wait on guidance from the Nevada Department of Education.

“I have been on the phone with out district superintendents from last night to early this morning,” said School District Superintendent, Dr. Kristen McNeill. “We know that our Nevada Department of Education is working as quickly as they can to give us additional guidance as far as the CDC guidance.”

In Lyon County, the school district announced on its website and social media that starting Friday, May 14, 2021, students 9 and younger no longer have to wear a face mask except on a school bus.

See the memo sent to parents and staff regarding Lyon County School District’s update to masks below:

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