On Friday, February 25, 2022 the CDC updated its masking guidance for public and private school systems. The CDC no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 community transmission. Order: Wearing of face masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs | Quarantine | CDC. In areas with high community levels, the CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask indoors, including in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. The CDC has provided guidance on how it is measuring COVID-19 community levels across the country by counties. The following link can be used to search specific counties. COVID-19 Community Levels | CDC.
In conjunction with this general recommendation, the CDC is no longer requiring the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child programs. Requirements for mask wearing on public conveyances and indoor transportation hubs remain in place.
Please contact your legal counsel in the K-12 Education Law Practice Group with questions or further discussion.
Van Heukelem, Miriam