2/28/22: Mask Mandate Date Change
Dear NTPS Families:
This morning (Feb. 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 and on school buses – 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 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 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 regardless of whether they choose to wear a mask or not.
For young children, please let teachers know your wishes regarding mask wearing 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 choice. If your child(ren) expresses any anxiety, please feel free to reach out to our school counselors or psychologists for support.
Until March 14, masks will continue to be required for all students, staff, and visitors in all North Thurston Public Schools buildings and on school buses. Masks will continue to be provided for those who do not have them, and students who will not wear masks will be sent home (unless an existing medical exemption is on file).
Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we navigate the changing requirements together.
NTPS Community Relations