What are the requirements regarding masks?

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.

  • Singing with masks is permitted inside.
  • Woodwinds and brass instruments are to be played outside.

Mask requirements must be enforced.

How will cooking classes be handled?

Students may remove their masks for eating and drinking indoors.

What are the requirements related to physical distancing?

Cohorts and Stable Groups are not required to social distance.

How has PAUSD addressed ventilation concerns?

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.

Will students or staff be required to have their temperature taken?

No. This has never been a screening requirement.

Will students or staff be required to provide proof of vaccination?


For more information, visit: PALO ALTO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (PAUSD)