On the first day CVHS students could remove their masks at school, 5 percent did so while 95 percent kept theirs on, based on an examination of 300 students on March 14.
Exactly two years after CVUSD schools closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the first time, students and staff were no longer required to wear masks indoors. Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi announced the end of the requirement in an emails to staff, students and families.
“As we have done the last two years, CVUSD will follow the latest guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department related to masking. Beginning March 14, although not required, students and staff are strongly recommended to wear masks indoors at all times while at school,” wrote Ahmadi.
Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement announcing the end of mask mandates in California schools on Feb. 28. CVUSD has aligned with Alameda County Public Health Department and California in their decision to lift the mandate.
Many CVHS Trojans are concerned by the new change and what it may mean for their safety at school.
“I think that it’s to move the country forward, but for me, I would still wear my mask so I could feel safer until everything is settled down,” stated senior Raniya Jin.
“I don’t like it because it isn’t safe,” said junior Rachel Koo.
“I understand masks off outdoors, but I don’t trust everyone else enough to be maskless indoors. I’ll keep my mask on to keep my peers, their families, and myself as safe as possible. I suggest you do the same,” said sophomore Emma Pham.
Some are hopeful about the progress in the fight against the coronavirus, but are still being cautious out of worry for others.
“Since we’re lifting the mask mandate, that’s a start to going back to normal, but it makes me nervous for populations who are more at risk,” said Biology teacher Emily Ledford.
The school district strongly recommends, but does not require, those who are unvaccinated to continue to wear masks.
“I think it follows being respectful to other people, and if you’re not vaccinated, that’s your choice, but it would be kind to wear a mask to protect other people who could still get sick,” said Ledford.