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Additional Changes to Statewide School Mask Requirements

Dear Students and Families,

This morning, February 28, Governor Inslee announced a change to the date the statewide indoor mask mandate will lift. Instead of March 21, the statewide mandate – including in schools – will lift at 11:59 pm on March 11. This change is in alignment with announcements this morning by Oregon and California.

This means that beginning March 12, barring a new requirement from our local health department, masks will become optional in our school buildings and on school buses. Students will have the choice to wear a mask at school, with the expectation that others’ choices will be respected.

For young children, please let teachers know your wishes and they will do their best to reinforce them. Our educators will discuss the change with students in a developmentally appropriate manner, including how to respect others’ personal choices. If your child(ren) expresses any anxiety, please feel free to reach out to our school counselors or psychologists for support.

Until March 12, masks will continue to be required for all students, staff, and visitors in all La Conner School District buildings and on buses. Masks will continue to be provided for those who do not have them.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we navigate the changing requirements together.

Sincerely,

Will Nelson, Superintendent