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CA ending indoor masking requirement for vaccinated people Wednesday; here’s what to know

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California is ending the indoor masking requirement for vaccinated people on Wednesday as the state sees declining COVID-19 case rates and hospitalization numbers.

Los Angeles County residents, however, have to keep masking up indoors — regardless of vaccination status.

The statewide indoor masking requirement expires Tuesday, moving the state back to previous guidance that mandates face coverings only for unvaccinated people in all indoor public settings, like shops, gyms, bars and movie theaters.

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Turlock Unified won’t ask California public health for local control over masks in schools

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The trustees of Turlock Unified School District won’t send a letter they had drafted to state officials asking to lift statewide COVID-19 mandates for K-12 schools.

The letter did not receive enough support from the board to bring it to a vote, though it was the only item on the agenda for the special meeting held Monday evening.

The letter draft, addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom and top California Department of Public Health officials, asked for the ability to work with Stanislaus County public health officials to devise safety measures that reflect local COVID-19 data.

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Masks on faces, a lot on minds as students return to Modesto-area schools amid COVID surge

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Thousands of Modesto-area students return to school buildings this week — some for the first time in a year and a half.

Schools are offering full in-person learning amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, including an increase in cases among young children because of the delta variant.

Nearly all students at drop-off Monday morning wore masks outside, even though they’re required only inside K-12 school buildings. Students and parents said they were excited about the prospect of a better education than children experienced during distance learning last year, but still worried about safety, academic setbacks and back-to-school nerves exacerbated by months of learning in isolation.

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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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Mask guidance questioned as parents pressure Turlock Unified Board

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Emotions ran high on Tuesday night as Turlock Unified School District parents filled the seats at the Board of Trustees meeting, calling for its members to seek alternatives to the masking requirements for students — and it worked.

Following nearly an hour of public comment and even more time spent discussing the legality of the issue, trustees decided to follow nearby Modesto City Schools’ lead and directed staff to draft a letter to the California Department of Public Health asking for local control when it comes to mask mandates. The Modesto Board approved and sent a similar letter last week and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors also voted to support it, which led Turlock parents to ask the same of the TUSD trustees during Tuesday’s meeting. 

The letter will not ask for permission to dictate local control of masks, Superintendent Dana Sales-Trevethan pointed out to parents, but rather the ability to follow guidance from Stanislaus County public health officials based on local COVID data instead of the statewide, one-size-fits-all approach currently in place. 

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