South Bay Union School District reintroduces mask mandates for students and staff –

SOUTH BAY (KUSI) — More than two years since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and mask mandates are back for a school district in San Diego County.

As a precaution and in accordance with science, the South Bay Union School District has resumed requiring its students to wear masks in all settings.

Healthy young children have virtually no risk for the coronavirus, but the school district is still following the plan.

The district emailed parents over the weekend, notifying them that the mask mandates would be enforced Tuesday morning. District Superintendent Jose Espinoza blamed the San Diego County COVID Case Rate Dashboard for putting ZIP codes into the so-called “red tier.”

Espinoza’s email to parents read: ‘As of Tuesday, May 31, masks will be required for all staff and students in all settings until the end of the school year. This includes promotion ceremonies and other year-end events. All other mitigation strategies (eg frequent hand washing) will remain in effect. »

KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was at Imperial Beach where students were arriving on campus with their masks on once again.

South Bay Superintendent Jose Espinoza can be contacted at

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