This Guidance is no longer in effect and is for historical purposes only.
Effective end-of-day March 11, 2022, California transitions its statewide universal indoor masking requirement in K-12 school settings to a strong recommendation that individuals (e.g., students and staff) continue to wear masks indoors. Thereafter, California affirms the authority of local health departments and local educational agencies to maintain or establish masking requirements for K-12 school settings in their respective jurisdictions.
When making the determination of whether a local universal indoor masking requirement should be maintained or established in K-12 school settings, CDPH recommends local health and education officials confer, with consideration of the factors listed below. Reliance on the composite situation, rather than any one single factor, is recommended when making determinations.