Kent School District officials plan to make face masks optional for students and staff when the statewide indoor mask requirement for the state is scheduled to end on March 21.
Until March 21, masks will continue to be mandatory for all students, staff and visitors in all Kent School District buildings, according to a statement from the district.
Governor Jay Inslee announced February 17 changes to statewide indoor mask requirements, including removing them in K-12 schools, due to declining COVID cases. -19. Inslee has given school districts the option to have students and teachers wear masks.
“Once the statewide requirement is lifted, masks will be encouraged in our school buildings, but not required,” according to the district statement. “Masks will still be required on school buses in accordance with a federal mandate that requires masks to be worn on all forms of public transportation.”
District officials said masks will become optional in buildings unless Public Health – Seattle & King County issues new requirements.
“If Seattle King County Public Health does not require masks for our county on March 21, KSD students will have the choice to wear a mask at school, in the hope that the choices of others will be respected. “, according to the statement from the district. “You shouldn’t make assumptions about someone’s beliefs or health status, or comment on them. Our district will not tolerate any form of intimidation for those who choose to continue wearing masks. »
District officials said that for young children, parents should let teachers know their wishes and they will do their best to reinforce them.
“Our educators will discuss change with students in a developmentally appropriate way, including how to respect the personal choice of others,” according to the district statement. “If your child (or children) expresses anxiety, please do not hesitate to contact our school counselors for assistance.”
District officials said they will keep families informed.
“We thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate this pandemic together,” according to the district statement. “We know you likely have many questions about this announcement, and we anticipate receiving additional information from public health officials in the coming weeks. We will continue to communicate with you as we learn of changes to our District guidelines with you as we receive them.
No school during the presidents break
The Kent School District will close schools Feb. 21-25 for the Presidents’ break. Schools will reopen on Monday, February 28.