CRCSD Will Maintain Mask Mandate Through Current School Year

May 18, 2021 10:05 AM


After receiving guidance from Linn County Public Health (LCPH) and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that schools and child care settings continue prevention strategies, the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) will maintain its mask mandate through the end of the school year. 


We have 13 remaining school days, and we strive to create a smooth transition to the end of the educational school year. Additionally, our students are largely unvaccinated at this point, as the 12 aged vaccination process has only recently begun.


Please note that all students attending summer school and teachers, while interacting with these students, will maintain mask wearing protocol when engaged in summer programming. 


The following reflects additional information gathered in the CRCSD decision-making process:


On Friday, May 14, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued updated COVID-19 guidance stating schools and child care settings should provide parents and students with the option to make their own decision about mask usage.


On Saturday, May 15, the CDC issued updated guidance recommending continuation of current COVID-19 prevention strategies through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The recommended prevention strategies reflect approaches CRCSD are currently implementing: 


  • Universal and correct use of masks
  • Physical distancing
  • Frequent hand washing or sanitizing
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine when applicable


While the student mask mandate will remain through the last day of school, CRCSD will continue through the summer months to work with LCPH and monitor CDC guidance. Safety prevention decisions for the upcoming school year will be announced this summer. 


Thank you for your continued cooperation and partnership in ensuring the health of our students, staff, and community. 



Noreen Bush


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