Like Modesto, Turlock school district pursues local control over mask requirements

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The Turlock Unified School District is following in the footsteps of Modesto City Schools, which last week sent a letter to the California Department of Public Health seeking local decision-making power on COVID-19 protocols including masks.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the TUSD board voted to work with legal counsel to create a letter asking the state to give county public health officials control of mandates and guidance for K-12 masking “based on our county’s data and not the state’s,” district spokeswoman Marie Russell said in an email.

The board received a presentation from attorney Sloan Simmons from the law firm Lozano Smith on face covering requirements. He reminded trustees, district officials and parents who packed the meeting room that per state public health guidance for the upcoming school year, students must wear face coverings when indoors, and adults must wear them when sharing indoor space with students.

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