Update Regarding Mask Mandate

Update Regarding Mask Mandate
Posted on 02/24/2022

Dear Royal Oak Schools Families,

As of February 28, 2022, Royal Oak Schools will recommend masks for all staff and students while indoors, but will not require them to be worn. For some select district programs, masks may still be required; those groups have already been notified by their specific supervisors or principals.

Per the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD), if anyone tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status they should:

  • Stay home for 5 days.

  • If they have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, they can leave the house.

  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

  • If they have a fever, continue to stay home until the fever resolves.

  • Inpiduals exposed to a positive COVID case have a required quarantine period. OCHD defines "fully vaccinated" as a person who has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines

The local conditions continue to improve. The OCHD shared the following for the reporting period of February 7-20, 2022:

  • the number of reported cases has decreased by 1,811 cases over the previous week,

  • the percent positivity decreased 6.84% over the last 28 days and decreased 4.58% over the last 7 days,

  • and the cases observed for all age groups have decreased for all age groups.

Masks are still required on all school buses and other forms of public transportation. We ask that everyone be respectful of the decisions families and staff will make regarding mask-wearing in our schools. We encourage parents to talk with their children about their family's plan and expectations as staff will not be able to monitor and enforce your decisions.

This is another important step for our district as we complete the school year while still dealing with COVID-19. We will closely monitor the conditions moving forward. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience as we shift to this protocol in the district.

Mary Beth Fitzpatrick