NJUHSD No Longer Enforcing Mask Mandate


Austin Metzger

Students wearing masks at lunch.

Austin Metzger, Editor in Chief

Nevada Joint Union High School District has made changes to the mask mandate that will go into effect tomorrow, February 22. These changes revolve around the schools no longer enforcing the mask mandate.

According to a recent letter sent out by district superintendent Brett McFadden, the enforcement of masks will now be accomplished through means of education and encouraging students to mask, but masking noncompliance will no longer result in exclusion from class or school-related activities, with exception to certain areas on campus where those with underlying health conditions may be present. This policy does not affect programs located off district-owned campuses, like Sierra College.

These changes come right after protests against the mask mandate at Nevada Union and after California Department of Health officials lifted the indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people in public places, although this does not include public schools. California health officials will reassess school mask mandates on February 28, according to ABC7.com.

(UPDATE: 2/22/22 10:23 am)

The NJUHSD board will have a special meeting tonight, February 22, at NU in room J-204 starting at 6 pm to discuss the proposed resolution changing the district masking guidelines. The public is welcome to attend and the meeting will also be streamed on zoom.

This story will be updated as it develops.