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No masks required for start of San Diego Unified 2022-23 school year

Jim Olivari picks up his two grandsons, Monday, at Golden Hill Elementary. Jude Seidl, 7, and Weston Seidl, 6, are attending summer school and are now required to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, San Diego, CA, July 18, 2022.
M.G. Perez
Jim Olivari picks up his two grandsons at Golden Hill Elementary. San Diego, Calif., July 18, 2022.

Starting the 2022-23 school year, San Diego Unified School District will not require district-wide masking.

School Board Trustee Richard Barrera told KPBS Friday that the district-wide indoor mandate that started with summer school last month has been lifted. A mask requirement could return to individual schools sites if an outbreak of COVID-19 cases is reported.

In a statement Monday, district officials said “In the event that we need to consider district wide masking, we will examine multiple measures that are reflective of school-based transmission, such as number of schools meeting individual site masking metrics, absences, and peer-reviewed studies.”


The statement also said facial coverings won’t be required even if the county re-enters the high tier of the CDC’s COVID-19 community level. As of Aug. 15, San Diego County is in the CDC’s “medium” COVID-19 community level.

Individual schools will be required to reinstate masking requirements if within 14 days, at least three outbreaks have occurred and more than 5% of the school population is infected. Masking would be required for a 14-day period.

Current case numbers and other statistics for San Diego Unified are available on the district’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The new school year begins Aug. 29, 2022.