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Masks will be “strongly recommended” — but not required — in most Marin K-12 school classrooms next week, officials said this week.

Marin County public health officials will align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus pandemic announcement this week that the state indoor mask mandate for K-12 schools would be dropped on March 12, though officials will continue to strongly recommend that masks be worn indoors at schools and child care facilities.

“MCPH strongly recommends that all individuals in schools and child care settings continue to wear masks for the time being to keep an added layer of protection and minimize disruptions to in-person learning,” Santora said.

State officials left it up to local jurisdictions as to whether they want to follow their “strongly recommended” guidance — or to keep the mask mandate in place as some other Bay Area school districts have done, including San Francisco.

Mill Valley School District officials anticipate guidance that beginning on Monday, March 14th, indoor masking will no longer be required for MVSD staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, but that masks will be strongly recommended and required indoors at all MVSD sites through the end of the day on Friday, March 11.

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