July 27, 2021
Dear OVSD Parents,
Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking guidelines for K-12 schools. The CDC recommends that all teachers, staff and students of K-12 schools wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated. This guidance now aligns with the California Department of Public Health’s regulations for schools.
The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) have released a joint statement regarding the recently updated California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for schools and universal mask requirements.
To view the joint statement, click here.
A few key items to note:
- All Orange County schools must follow the California Department of Public Health regulations requiring universal masking indoors for students and staff in TK-12 schools to begin the 2021-2022 school year and until guidance is subsequently revised.
- Local school districts do not have jurisdiction over mask mandates and must enforce the mandates required by the CDPH in the new K-12 school guidance.
- Neither the OCHCA, OCDE, nor local school boards may implement policies that are less restrictive than the mandates required by CDPH which are enforceable under the California Emergency Services Act, Government Code 8665.
If you would like to provide feedback regarding mask mandates, you may contact Dr. Mark Ghaly at the CDPH via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent
Patricia Singer, President, Board of Trustees
General Coronavirus Information
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has since spread throughout the world. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
How can I help protect myself?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, the CDC recommends these proven steps to help stop the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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