• Masking Updates

  • February 28, 2022

    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 and school buses – will lift at 11:59 pm on March 11. This change is in alignment with announcements made this morning by Oregon and California.

    This means beginning Monday, March 14, barring a new requirement from our local health department, masks will become optional in our school buildings and on school buses. Students and staff will have the choice to wear a mask at school, with the expectation that others’ choices will be respected. One should not make assumptions regarding someone’s beliefs or health status, nor should they comment on them. Our district will not tolerate bullying of any kind for those who choose to continue wearing masks.

    Until March 14, masks will continue to be required for all students, staff and visitors in all Everett Public School District buildings and on buses.

    The Washington Department of Health is updating their K-12 guidance, which will be completed by March 7, so there will likely be additional adjustments to other COVID parameters in schools, like social distancing, etc. We will update you when they release their guidance.

    Respecting Personal Choice

    • We are offering personal choice with the expectation that individual choices are respected.
    • One should not make assumptions regarding someone’s beliefs or health status, nor should they comment on them.
    • Be respectful if anyone requests you remain physically distanced from them. We will continue to provide physical distancing to the extent possible in our classrooms until directed otherwise.
    • The schools will discuss the change with students in a developmentally appropriate manner, including how to respect everyone’s personal choice.
    • If your child(ren) expresses any anxiety, please reach out to your school counselors or principal for additional support as needed.

    Now, more than ever, it is essential our students and employees adhere to these important health guidelines:

    • Maintain social distancing in classrooms, learning spaces, hallways and cafeterias to the greatest extent possible.
    • Continue to wash and sanitize your hands throughout the day.
    • Stay home when you are sick and watch for symptoms of COVID.
  • Why was this change made?

  • Will schools continue testing students and staff who are exposed to COVID at school?

  • Does it make a difference if someone is vaccinated or not?

  • Will the vaccination requirement for school employees change?

  • What if I want my student to continue wearing a mask?

  • What is being done to protect students and staff who are at greater risk of COVID?

  • Why will masks still be required on school buses?

  • What would cause a local health officer to start requiring masks in schools again?

  • What happens if a school district stops requiring masks before March 21?