Oregon’s K-12 students will have to wear masks next school year

By: | July 30, 2021

Students, staff and visitors in K-12 schools across Oregon will be required to wear COVID-19 face masks in the upcoming school year.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools will follow this guidance but is still seeking input from families and community members around other safety precautions and back-to-school plans for the fall.

Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown announced the requirement that masks be worn indoors at K-12 schools statewide for the 2021-22 school year.

Prior to this, the decision was up to individual Oregon schools and districts. Brown’s office said the change is in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently updated guidance and is based on the latest science.

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