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Santa Cruz Valley joins 10 southern Arizona school districts to issue mask mandate

As of Friday, 10 of the 13 districts in our community are requiring all staff, students and visitors to wear face coverings
A majority of the school districts in southern Arizona are requiring masks for all students and...
A majority of the school districts in southern Arizona are requiring masks for all students and staff.(Pixabay)
Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 3:53 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 10:54 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Santa Cruz is the latest of several school districts in southern Arizona that have issued mask mandates as COVID-19 cases spike across the country.

On Monday, Aug. 16, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled local school districts can issue mask mandates, at least for a while longer. According to Fox 10 Phoenix, Judge Randall Warner sided with Phoenix Union in a lawsuit over its mask mandate.

Arizona lawmakers passed HB 2898, which prohibits public schools from requiring face masks, in early June but the law does not go into effect until Sept. 29.

Before that decision, the Tucson Unified School District was the only one in southern Arizona to issue a mask mandate.

Since then, Sunnyside, Amphi, Sierra Vista, Nogales, Flowing Wells, Douglas, Catalina Foothills, Marana and Santa Cruz announced they will require masks.

On Thursday, a proposed mask mandate was rejected by Tanque Verde’s governing board.

Vail and Sahuarita have said they have no plans to require masks.

SCHOOL DISTRICT BREAKDOWN

  • Tucson Unified: Masks are required. The TUSD governing board approved a mask mandate Aug. 4. At the time, it was only the third district in the state to do so.
  • Sunnyside Unified: Starting Friday, Aug. 20, masks are required regardless of vaccination status for teachers, staff, students, and visitors in all district schools and offices while indoors and on school buses.
  • Amphi Public Schools: Starting Tuesday, Aug. 17, masks are required for staff and students at all sites.
  • Vail School District: The district said it has no plans to require masks.
  • Marana Unified: Starting Monday, Aug. 23, masks are required indoors for all staff and students.
  • Sahuarita Unified: The district said it has no plans to require masks.
  • Sierra Vista Unified: Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, masks are required for staff and students at all sites.
  • Nogales Unified: Starting Tuesday, Aug. 17, masks are required for staff and students at all sites.
  • Flowing Wells Unified: Starting Wednesday, Aug. 18, masks are required for staff and students at all sites.
  • Catalina Foothills Unified: Starting Tuesday, Aug. 17, masks are required for staff and students at all sites. Masks are optional outdoors.
  • Douglas Unified: Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, masks are required indoors for staff and students on school property.
  • Santa Cruz Valley: Starting Monday, Aug. 23, masks are required indoors for staff and students.
  • Tanque Verde Unified: The district’s governing board voted 4-1 against a mask mandate at a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 19.

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