Face Mask Requirement

Letter from Superintendent Doering

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April 20, 2021

Dear Crane Families, 

On April 19, 2021, Arizona Governor Ducey rescinded a section of Executive Order 2020-51 that directs K-12 schools to require the use of face masks while on school campuses and facilities. It is important to note that Executive Order 2021-51 still requires that school districts refer to mitigation strategies as outlined by the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the Arizona Department of Health Services issued Emergency Measure 2021-02 in March 2021 to adopt the CDC’s Recommendations in its K-12 School Guidance for COVID-19, which includes the recommendation for continued use of face masks in schools. Though we all eagerly anticipate the return to a school experience like the one we’ve historically been able to provide, it is imperative to stay the course that has allowed us to return to the classroom in a safe and prudent manner.

Our Crane Mitigation Plan has been instrumental in managing the impact of COVID-19 in our schools. Our plan was created with operational recommendations from the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC), which still endorses the use of face masks in K-12 schools; data specific to Yuma County; and Crane district data and information. There are many factors involved in our decision-making, and at this point, the data indicates that our students and staff benefit most from the protocols we’ve put in place in our Crane Mitigation Plan. Please refer to pages 4-8 of the plan to learn more about the face mask requirement in our district.

All students, staff members, and district guests are required to wear face masks on Crane campuses, facilities, and school buses. The 2020-21 school year is almost at an end so we ask that you partner with us to continue to follow our evidence-based, data-driven safety protocols these last few months. During the summer, our district governing board and leadership team will determine our course of action for the new school year. Until then, please help us keep our students and staff members safe by doing our part: washing our hands with soap and water, staying home when sick, cleaning and maintaining our facilities, and wearing face masks.

You have my sincere appreciation for your understanding and willingness to help us move forward. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Laurie Doering

Superintendent