Masks in schools

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Kyrene School District have announced they will require face coverings indoors at all school campuses and district facilities beginning on Monday.

The district announced the change following a new CDC and Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidance about quarantine and isolation periods. The guidance says students are able to go back to school sooner after an isolation period, but must wear a face covering. The new guidance and increased spread of COVID-19 prompted the district to make the change.

Kyrene School District previously announced they would plan to drop mask mandates after winter break, making it optional to wear masks. Officials say the goal is to still make face coverings optional.

"Kyrene’s goal is still to make face coverings optional. However, it is also the District’s primary goal to keep schools open for in-person learning and to have students present on campus as much as possible," said Superintendent Laura Toenjes in a statement on Saturday.

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