Superintendents of the San Jose Franklin McKinley and Alum Rock school districts said Friday that they will require all students to wear masks for back to school.
School authorities assured that the measure is taken due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 and due to summer vacations.
“We know that families and teachers have been traveling, they have been living together and we have not had the opportunity to be tested every week as we were doing,” explained Juan Cruz, superintendent of the Franklin McKinley school district.
Hilaria Bauer, Superintendent of the Alum Rock School District added:
“We are monitoring the presence of the with you in our zip codes in our area and the levels are still quite high,” he assured.
The Franklin McKinley district is expected to reconsider the mandate in two weeks, while the Alum Rock district will all depend on the level of transmission in San Jose, which currently has 600 positive cases reported each week.
“We are thinking from the safety standpoint of our children and staff and we don’t need a law directing us to do things this way,” Bauer said.
Those districts say they have been working with parents who disagree with the mandate, but said most support any measure that protects their children.