The masks can come off at local schools beginning Monday

Following guidance from the state of California, students in Plumas Unified School District and Plumas Charter School can enter the classroom without a mask beginning Monday, March 14.

“We are grateful to be moving into this next phase of COVID mitigations as case rates and hospitalizations decline locally and statewide,” Superintendent Terry Oestreich said in making the announcement today, March 9.  “Plumas County is not identified in the high-risk category and we will make the shift to masking as a choice for all stakeholders in K-12 settings.”

Though the legal requirement for masking in schools ends March 14, individuals and families may choose to continue wear masks based on the state’s strong recommendation that mask wearing continue.

Plumas Charter School sent out a notice to its students and families reiterating the state guidance. “Note that use of masks is still ‘strongly encouraged’ by CDPH (California Department of Public Health), school nurse Danielle Plocki wrote in the notice. “Staff and students may continue to choose to wear a mask if desired.”

Other COVID measures and protocols such as testing and attendance requirements following exposure and positive tests remain intact.

The chart below will be located on each entrance of all PUSD sites to assist students and their families in deciding whether they want to continue to wear a mask. This is the most recent state guidance.