Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance (vaccination status does not apply).
Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
Mask requirements must be enforced.
Students may remove their masks for eating and drinking indoors.
Cohorts and Stable Groups are not required to social distance.
We have worked with mechanical engineers, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) design professionals, and mechanical contractors in order to evaluate our ventilation systems in regards to the ASHRAE guidance.
We have maximized air filtration for HVAC systems by using filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of at least 13 and made other modifications to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in classrooms, offices and other spaces.
Portable high-efficiency air cleaners have also been deployed where needed.
Engineering systems are in place for when the amount of outside air needs to be minimized due to other hazards, such as heat and wildfire smoke.
No. This has never been a screening requirement.
For more information, visit: PALO ALTO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (PAUSD)