As we reach the last few weeks of the school year, I’d like to share an update with you about our mask policy. We will continue to follow the guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and strongly recommend all students and staff wear a mask while at school or work. Wearing a mask is part of the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy, and masks should be made available in every WCCUSD classroom.
We are in contact with Contra Costa County Health Services daily and we have been informed the county health officer will not be mandating masks before the end of the school year. The model County Health Services uses suggests cases will decline in two weeks. No other districts in our county have changed their mask guidance.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases in our schools and across our region and it is important we continue to follow our district mitigation strategy. Contra Costa County is currently rated as a medium community level by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). According to the CDC, the precautionary measures to take when there is a medium community level include those we are already doing, such as encouraging masking for high-risk individuals, staying up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine, and getting tested if you have any symptoms.
Wearing a mask while indoors is part of our district’s larger COVID-19 mitigation strategy, which includes:
Proper ventilation and hand sanitizer available in every classroom.
Immunocompromised individuals in our community receive necessary PPE
Weekly testing at all school sites.
Group tracing approach for contact tracing recommended by Contra Costa County Health Services.
87 percent of WCCUSD students ages 12+ are either partially or fully vaccinated.
Over 90 percent of staff are fully vaccinated.
If you are feeling sick, please stay home and get tested right away.
I encourage you to remain vigilant, and to wear a mask while at school or at work. Thank you for doing what you can to protect your fellow students and employees.