School Notes

Rules for Governor’s new announcement

Face Masks

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that effective tomorrow, February 16, there will no longer be a mask mandate for indoor public spaces, but face coverings will remain a state requirement for students and staff (when students are present) while indoors at school. 


–Face masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status, such as in classrooms.

–Staff is required to wear masks while sharing indoor space with students.

–Masks provided, if needed.


–Masks are not required for students or staff while outdoors.

School Bus

–Masks are required for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.


–Student face mask exemptions are permitted with an approved mask exemption application.

COVID-19 test kits available to students

Parents are reminded to keep children home from school if they are sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results. 

In an effort to maintain healthy schools, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is offering optional, no-cost, at-home COVID-19 test kits for students to use prior to returning to school following Presidents’ Recess week on February 28. 

Elementary Schools

–Will communicate the process for obtaining the COVID-19 test kits, which will include parent consent to obtain a test kit, if you want a test kit sent home with your child. 

Secondary Schools

School will provide specific information about how the test kit can be obtained by students or parents/guardians.