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New Cartwright Mask Requirement

August 19, 2021

Dear Staff & Families,

Last night our governing board members voted unanimously to require masks throughout the district. Effective today, August 19th, the Cartwright School District will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks when indoors unless there is written medical documentation as to why one would not be able to do so. This requirement will remain in place until further notice. 

Concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Delta variant, as well as its accelerated spread, prompted board members to vote on this topic last night with safety at the forefront of their minds. The vaccination rates in our community are still low, and our transmission rate is at a high level and has stayed that way for several months. Concerned parents have also asked for a mask mandate from district leadership and we pride ourselves in listening to our families.

A court ruling this week determined the Arizona ban on school face-covering mandates is not currently in effect, and school districts are able to exercise local control over safety mitigation strategies which is what our governing board did last night.

 

 

  • Face coverings are not required while outdoors.
  • Face coverings do remain mandatory on school buses and District transportation, per federal order.
  • Cleaning protocols will remain in place and the district will supply scholars with masks/face coverings if they do not bring them to school.

 

 

The good news is that 79% of our district staff is vaccinated. The majority of families and staff do a great job of wearing face coverings and follow our mitigation plan. I believe the safety layers this requirement puts in place will make us even safer in the long run. Our motto is One Team, Una Familia! and we will continue to take care of our school community throughout this pandemic and make safety-centered decisions.  As always, for the latest updates, please visit www.csd83.org

Sincerely,

Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Superintendent