Dear NJUHSD Families, Students, and Staff:
The Nevada Joint Union High School District is announcing a significant change in its protocols for enforcing student masking.
Beginning Tuesday, February 22, enforcement of student masking will be accomplished by educating students and asking them to mask themselves, but no further measures of exclusion from class or school-related activities will now be taken. .
On the evening of Tuesday, February 22, the District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting to consider passing a resolution supporting this administrative action. Information regarding the meeting and the proposed resolution can be found on the district’s website, www.njuhsd.com.
The NJUHSD, along with school districts across the state, have been caught in the middle of a very difficult and progressively worsening situation where we recognize our obligation to comply with state and Department of California Public Health and our ability to apply them effectively and humanely. The district recognizes its obligation to comply with state law and executive orders; however, strict adherence to these requirements has created significant disruption to the educational learning environment, and the application is not sustainable. We will continue to make appropriate efforts to comply with state law, but we will also ensure that our schools continue to be places that support students and their learning.
Implementing this policy change will require flexibility and understanding from all of us. Many of our staff and students have underlying health conditions that require the district to take ongoing action to protect their health and safety. In some cases, and in specific areas of our campuses, the district may need to more strictly enforce masking requirements. Additionally, some of our schools and programs are located off our district-owned campuses (eg Sierra College). In these cases, we are subject to the masking requirements in place and enforced at these facilities.
As a school community, we need to remember that we all have varying perspectives and concerns regarding the pandemic. Understanding and empathy for each other continues to be an important priority if we are to successfully address these challenges together.
This period continues to be very difficult for public education. We ask for your continued patience as we move forward. Thank you for your continued support of NJUHSD, its schools and staff.
Please contact your school sites for more information.