Columbia High 12th graders return to mask mandate for school and graduation


Grade 12 students at Columbia High School will end the year with mandatory indoor masking, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 after prom.

“The [Department of Health] requires that you send your 12th graders to school wearing a mask until June 24, 2022,” principal Frank Sanchez wrote in an email to families today. “We ask them to remain masked on the bus and inside the school unless they are actively eating or drinking or taking a break with their mask on. (We also have masks available at school.)”

Sanchez added, “Graduation will also be mandatory for all staff, students and families.”

Seniors join students at Maplewood Middle School in a return to mask mandates. MMS announced it was experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and would return to mandatory indoor masking for the rest of the year in an email to families on June 19.

Village Green learned of the two outbreaks through emails to families in the district. Following a request regarding the MMS outbreak, Superintendent. Dr. Ronald Taylor noted that mask mandates are listed on the district’s COVID dashboard. However, as of publication, the dashboard has an “N” under “Universal Masking” for CHS, possibly due to the fact that the mask mandate only applies to one grade level.

Following the MMS’s return to mandatory masking, Taylor explained that the district does not notify the entire South Orange-Maplewood School District community via email, text, or phone regarding outbreaks so as not to overwhelm students. communications families: “We will not inundate the entire district with communications about a particular school. We try to target our communication because we understand family fatigue and information overload, especially at this time of year.

Earlier this spring, Clinton School and South Mountain Elementary School returned to universal masking due to outbreaks. Both warrants have now been lifted.

See the communication to Grade 12 families from CHS Director Frank Sanchez here:

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