With some exceptions, as of April 4, most children attending Juneau public schools will finally be able to attend classes without covering their faces.
While the overall “community risk level” has been deemed “level 1 minimal” since Feb. 28, the school district is just now prepared to let students in grades K-12th breath freely.
The Juneau School Board approved the new mask policy language on March 10, but reserved the right to reimpose mandates if educators deem it necessary. The new policy grants the superintendent of schools the authority to “require face masks in certain situations consistent with CDC guidelines.”
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Masks will still be imposed on children in pre-kindergarten settings because they do not have access to the experimental Covid shots. The school district will also continue to provide testing for all staff and student activities, and will track instances where students are considered a “close contact” to a Covid positive person.
Students identified as “close contacts” will be required to re-mask for 10 days, as advised by the CDC. In the ever-shifting definition of close contact, Juneau now defines it as being “less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.”