Why San Diego Unified is Requiring Masks Outdoors

The San Diego Unified School Board reversed its position on outdoor masking just ahead of the fall semester which began on Monday. Students will now be required to wear face coverings indoors and outside — a move which should cut down on the number of mandatory quarantines.

The California Department of Public Health recently clarified state guidelines on when an exposed student must be sent home and quarantined. As long as both the infected student and the close contact were wearing masks at the time, quarantine is not required. That's what appears to have motivated the school board’s decision.

“…Anything that we can do to keep students who are not carrying the virus at school, that’s what we want to do,” Richard Barrera, President of the SDUSD School Board, told KUSI

Los Angeles County has much stricter guidelines than the state. Close contact with an infected person automatically warrants quarantine regardless of whether or not masks were worn. That has resulted in thousands of students already being sent back to distance-learning.

Whether the less stringent state guidelines will result in bigger outbreaks at schools remains to be seen.



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