L.A. County public, private school staff must wear high-grade masks; rules for athletes tighten

Employees at all Los Angeles County public and private schools will have to wear medical grade masks at work and students and staff must wear masks outdoors in crowded spaces under tightened rules issued in anticipation of classes beginning Monday amid a major surge of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Schools will have two weeks from the date of reopening after winter break to comply with the mask rules. The order was issued late Friday to the county’s 80 school districts from public health director Barbara Ferrer “in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.” About 50 K-12 school districts reopen Monday; the other 30, including Los Angeles Unified, are back the following week.

The rules also lay out stricter protocols for handling athletic team outbreaks and when testing is to take place for students to remain on campus after being exposed to a coronavirus infection. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-02/l-a-school-staff-to-use-high-grade-masks-amid-omicron-surge?utm_id=45835&sfmc_id=2420175