Some of the rules and guidance around mask requirements for fully vaccinated people have changed, as announced recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Inslee. The new guidance does not apply to schools, students and VPS employees, regardless of individual vaccination status. We will continue to follow the Washington State Department of Health’s requirement that students and staff wear face coverings on buses and school grounds and inside buildings.
We will continue to monitor the guidance. If there are changes to mask requirements for schools, we will review our current protocols, make changes to our practices as needed and communicate the new information with staff and families.
Along with our other health and safety measures, continued mask wearing is an important part of our ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in schools.