Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

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Source: Santa Barbara County Education Office

Governor Newsom announced today that after March 11, 2022, in schools and child care facilities, masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended.

In addition, starting March 1, 2022, masks will no longer be required for unvaccinated individuals in general settings, but will be strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.

Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. As always, local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state guidance.

View the full press release here.

California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly will host a video conference today to provide an update on COVID-19 in California.

The update will be streamed live on the California Department of Public Health YouTube account.

  • WHO: Dr. Mark Ghaly, CalHHS Secretary

  • WHEN: Monday, February 28, 2022 1:00 p.m. PST


Governors Newsom, Brown and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance

Published: Feb 28, 2022
Source: Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the West, California, Oregon and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California, Oregon and Washington will adopt new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools.

State policies do not change federal requirements, which still include masks on public transit.

Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom: “California continues to adjust our policies based on the latest data and science, applying what we’ve learned over the past two years to guide our response to the pandemic. Masks are an effective tool to minimize spread of the virus and future variants, especially when transmission rates are high. We cannot predict the future of the virus, but we are better prepared for it and will continue to take measures rooted in science to keep California moving forward.”

In California, starting March 1, masks will no longer be required for unvaccinated individuals, but will be strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings. After March 11, in schools and child care facilities, masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended. Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. As always, local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state guidance.

Statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown: “Two years ago today, we identified Oregon’s first case of COVID-19. As has been made clear time and again over the last two years, COVID-19 does not stop at state borders or county lines. On the West Coast, our communities and economies are linked. Together, as we continue to recover from the Omicron surge, we will build resiliency and prepare for the next variant and the next pandemic. As we learn to live with this virus, we must remain vigilant to protect each other and prevent disruption to our schools, businesses, and communities––with a focus on protecting our most vulnerable and the people and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

In Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority rules requiring masks in indoor public places and schools will be lifted after 11:59 p.m. on March 11. Other state and federal requirements, such as those for health care settings, public transit, and other specialized settings, will remain in place for a period of time.

Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee: “We’ve continued to monitor data from our state Department of Health, and have determined we are able to adjust the timing of our statewide mask requirement. While this represents another step forward for Washingtonians, we must still be mindful that many within our communities remain vulnerable. Many businesses and families will continue choosing to wear masks, because we’ve learned how effective they are at keeping one another safe. As we transition to this next phase, we will continue to move forward together carefully and cautiously.”

In Washington, indoor mask requirements will be lifted as of 11:59 p.m. on March 11. This new date does not change any other aspect of the updated mask requirements Inslee announced last week. Masks will still be required in certain settings including health care, corrections facilities and long-term care facilities. The Washington State Department of Health will be issuing new guidance for K-12 schools next week so schools can prepare to implement updated safety protocols.

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Channelfog Mar 04, 2022 06:08 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Many here will remember draft card burnings and bra burnings. I for one am going to have a delightful mask burning, Carbon footprint be Damned! Masks accomplished little more than relegate us all toa life without smiles. A smile from a stranger is excellent medicine for mind, heart and body. "Burn it, Baby!"

dukemunson Mar 04, 2022 09:48 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

A proper fitting masks that’s changed many times per day when being face to face with someone who is sick makes a lot of sense… whether I bud or the flu or anything! That’s a bit different than mandating gaiters for 8 year olds tho…

Basicinfo805 Mar 03, 2022 12:39 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

I second that Duke. Finally. I thought they’d never give in. Finally bowed to political pressure I guess. Anyways, let’s help our kids move on. They’re resilient but make no mistake, this was a huge hit for a lot of them.

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 03:25 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

VOR: school boards keeping kids in masks after the CDC said it's safe due to agreements the board (elected officials) made with the teachers unions isn't health/safety science its political science.
Sacjon: You don't know that, you're wrong, show me proof, why are you always so partisan, this is isn't about politics!
VOR: How is it not political?
Sacjon: "Sure, it's "political" in a local level..."

dukemunson Mar 03, 2022 03:02 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Everything the union does IS based on their partisan political beliefs. This was a power/money grab by the union...and it worked. Their job was to extract as much money from the taxpayer and they had a very strong hand to play (being the one group that could refuse to go to work). "Overly cautious health based concern"...that right there is some BS! They held our kids hostage for a pay raise and easier/better working conditions.

sacjon Mar 03, 2022 02:56 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

VOICE - Sure, it's "political" in a local level, menial sense, but your claim that they're following "political science" indicates that you believe the union's persistence is based on partisan politics, not an overly cautious health-based concern.

Words. Matter.

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 02:34 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

I happy to thrown downvotes when earned, here's another one. So if an influential and powerful group negotiates with politicians and gets these elected officials to grant this group special accommodations, that isn't politics? This is certainly feels like one of the VOR says the sky is blue so Sacjon's gonna argue with him situations.

sacjon Mar 03, 2022 02:10 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

VOICE - "LA's is a result of a contract they made with the teachers union, not sure about SD but assuming similar. " That is in no way "proof" that this was political. Keep trying. And please, don't talk to me about downvoting, you're the king at that!

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 02:08 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

I did, several times. Are you reading the comments or just downvoting based on who writes them? So tell us, how is this not political? Or is this just another example of me saying the sky is blue and you arguing the contrary?

sacjon Mar 03, 2022 01:54 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

VOICE - I've moved nothing, stop your shameless projection. You said it's political, I said it might not be, as not every decision is political. Now, it's your turn to prove why you think it's political and not just overly cautious. Why are so frequently incapable of backing up your claims? YOU made the claim, I questioned it and now YOU prove it or stop your projection.

sacjon Mar 03, 2022 01:38 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

VOICE - You missed the point, by far. A district choosing to err on the side of caution with the health of its students and employees, is not necessarily doing so for "political" reasons. Your problem, and read THIS "slowly," is that you wrongfully assume every decision related to COVID restrictions/rules is political. It's not.

dukemunson Mar 03, 2022 01:34 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

The power of the teachers union is staggering...hopefully something like this though does take it down a notch. People need to start realizing that if the teachers union or police union is for it, that doesn't necessarily make it good...and may in fact be an indicator of the exact opposite.

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 01:33 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Read your comment again slowly..... "overzealous district" .... that's political, not related to the actual science of health and safety, unless that district has a public health department more qualified than the CDC. When even the CDC says it's safe enough to take the masks off, and the teachers unions use their clout to force elected school board officials to keep kids in masks, by contract, that's political. Of course I know you know this, yet again you're just being argumentative without actually adding anything of substance to the comments.

sacjon Mar 03, 2022 01:15 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

VOICE - "political science?" No way it could just be an overzealous district concerned about health, despite the CDC recommendation? Always has to be partisan and political with you, eh? Funny, as you always try to tell others they're making things "political" that shouldn't be.......

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 10:51 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Truly the best of luck Duke. San Diego Unified and LA Unified are keeping their mask mandates in place. LA's is a result of a contract they made with the teachers union, not sure about SD but assuming similar. With even the CDC saying it's now safe this is yet another unfortunate example where political science won out over actual health and safety science.

dukemunson Mar 02, 2022 02:12 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Who's got their heads so far in the clouds that they downvote the end of mandatory masking of kids. Masking kids at this point is not supported by science or logic...and is the epitome of hypocrisy (because none of the adults involved are masking). Stop the madness...make it optional today at the school board meeting! Not next week, not Friday...effective immediately!

Steve_O Mar 02, 2022 08:41 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Damage is done, jobs lost, company's have closed, kids have been impacted...all of us have. Vaccines never worked, and caused lasting medical conditions in victims that were forced to take an unproven "medicine". Now we just need a way to divert the attention of the public as we dump covid down the drain. Hmm.....what should we do? Find another story to promote racial divide again? Start the with the stock market crashing hysteria? OH WAIT! The war in the Ukraine!!! PERFECT!!!! Thank you sweet baby Jesus, lets get on with the new propaganda!!

mm1970 Mar 03, 2022 02:50 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

The war in Ukraine is not propaganda...so, he's wrong about that.

As far as diverting attention away from COVID... The Omicron peak is almost gone, we have multiple treatments for people who are infected to promote survivability. Americans aged 5+ are eligible to be vaccinated, and 12+ are (by now) eligible for boosters. Hospitalizations are down. COVID has always been a moving, sliding scale, and for now, we are on the other side (the good side).

Channelfog Mar 02, 2022 08:59 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

...and the Pfizer clinical trial docs that a judge is accelerating the release of, are alarming. Heck, there are 9 full pages of side effects. I truly hope that the vaccines do not end up causing more harm than good in the long run. Hopefully the rest of the study will be released sooner than later.

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 01:47 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Just a little refresher, here's a montage of some of our favorite politicians demanding the defunding of police, taking away actually money from police departments, and applauding mayors who followed through with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9OZMBuVL5U

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 01:44 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Duke, I guess we're back to funding/defunding meaning what is used to. Remember all those calls to defund the police by politicians only to alienate those who protect and serve while dangerous crime spiked resulting in defunding police polling horribly and us being then told "defund doesn't really mean take money away..." and now at the SOTU we're back to funding the police. What a roller coaster, good times...

Voice of Reason Mar 03, 2022 11:09 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

Our responsibilities are as they were prior to covid (or should have been): wash your hands often, properly cover sneezes/coughs, try not to touch your face, and stay home when sick. As a germaphobe from before covid, it amazed me when this started how many people weren't already doing these things.

mm1970 Mar 03, 2022 11:01 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

@DUKE, like I said - during a big wave like Omicron or Delta, sure. YES to the MASKS. In fact, during Omicron we upgraded our kids to the M95i's/ M95c's. Kids are so used to them that they don't even take them off in the car after getting picked up, even when we remind them. (But the elementary kid is looking forward to March 14, nonetheless.)

But now? Our numbers are down, everyone is vaxxed.

To @724, that is really sad - but what's the answer? Send kids to masks at school? Or avoid parties? Was the person at the party sick? Had their kid been sick? If you are going to a party indoors, who wears masks? Is it my 9 yo's responsibility to wear at mask at school so that I don't get COVID and go to a party and give it to someone at the party?

Or is it MY responsibility to wear a mask at a party if there are people there who are at risk? Or is it the person who is at risk's responsibility? Or both? (I don't wear masks outdoors, and I don't wear it at work, but I do still wear them in grocery stores and crowded public places.)

a-1646277881 Mar 02, 2022 07:24 PM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

I was talking to a friend today who had an acquaintance who had just survived a bad case of Covid but who’s spouse did not. They caught it at a party. A person at the party caught if from their kid who caught it at school. Sure, the kids are fine, but not everyone else is.

Voice of Reason Mar 02, 2022 10:49 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

With the age and comorbidities of most in attendance at the SOTU, even when fully vaxxed and booster, they are all at more risk from covid than a unvaccinated healthy 10 year old. Yet they've been meeting, attending fund raisers, going to large events, etc. for months without masks, while children in school are still in masks.

a-1646244796 Mar 02, 2022 10:13 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

They don't mind masks because they don't have a choice. Give them the choice, then you'll see. This contrasts with seatbelt laws, an often used example of a law "for our safety", if all of a sudden they took away seatbelt laws, most people would still buckle up.

mm1970 Mar 02, 2022 10:04 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

My kids don't mind the masks, and they've been very flexible through all of this. But:
- for the last month, masks have only been required indoors. My elementary kid spends at least half his days outdoors when you count after school care. HS kid wears it longer bus doesn't care.
- both of my kids are vaccinated, and the teen is boosted -AND-
- Our local numbers are down, esp when you consider hospitalizations.

Masks are fine but yeah, when is the end date? Is it zero? I don't think it should be zero. I think during the Delta and Omicron waves, before 5-11 yo were eligible for vaccination, YES to the masks. But now?

edney Mar 01, 2022 10:12 AM
Masks Mandate for Santa Barbara County Students Ends after March 11

From CDC
Numbers are as of 2/23/2022
https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Deaths-Focus-on-Ages-0-18-Yea/nr4s-juj3

CDC does its ages differently, 0-4 and 5-18 The data is for 2 years 1 month
Deaths from COVID Age 0-4 Nationwide = 307
Deaths from COVID Age 5-18 Nationwide = 663

Total deaths 970 divided by 25 Months yields about a rough average of 39 deaths in age group 0-18 per month, Nationwide over the course of the pandemic to date.

0-18 is about 22% of the US population and has 970 deaths
The other 78% of the population has 943,900 deaths

https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/cumulative-covid-19-cases-and-deaths/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

Deaths may well "surge" in CA, but that will be because our students have been sheltered. States that went back to school, no masks a year ago shouldn't see a spike.

edney Mar 01, 2022 06:03 PM
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OK
Here are the totals so far:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Age-Race-Ethnicity.aspx

1.6M children in CA are known to have had COVID during the mask mandate. over the last two years
1,599,000 recovered

Study UC Davis data through Feb. 10 2022
https://health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-information/covid-19-long-haulers
"Studies indicate that about 10% of people infected with COVID-19 will experience long-haul symptoms."

"For some people, COVID-19 symptoms can last anywhere from four weeks to six months after testing positive for the virus."

Sounds alarming. But over a two year period, that means 160,000 0-18 might have had "long haul" symptoms.
Since the range is 4 weeks - 6 months less than 10% of those should still be experiencing symptoms and they should all be fine by June.

I believe in the two years of science

Voice of Reason Mar 01, 2022 03:44 PM
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@3:32 you are free to wear your mask and stay safe at home for as long as you like. Everyone else recognizes there are many things that were around well before covid that pose a threat of ongoing health problems and are comfortable living normal lives knowing that nothing is without risk. Long-term, we'd save a lot more lives if we pushed for healthy eating, regular exercise, and sunshine as strongly as we pushed for masks.

a-1646177550 Mar 01, 2022 03:32 PM
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10:12 AM - Deaths are one thing. The threat of ongoing health problems for years from long COVID is quite another. That and the health of the adults in the room and the immunocompromised community exposed to the infected. Masks are not a problem. Ignorance is.

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