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Updates on masks and vaccines

Gov. Tim Walz has announced an end to the mask requirement, with some exceptions. His announcement is based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stating fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear a mask.

The CDC has not yet provided clear guidance for schools, but they plan to update guidance for schools (including summer programs) soon. Because of the lack of school-specific CDC guidance and the fact that vaccines are not yet available for children of all ages (eligibility for ages 12-15 was just announced this week; younger children remain ineligible), the Minnesota Dept. of Education has informed us that the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan, along with existing face covering guidance for schools, remains in effect through the last teacher contact day. In Osseo Area Schools, it means masks must continue to be worn inside school buildings or on a school bus through June 11 for students (June 14 for staff).

Children ages 12 to 15 are now also eligible for vaccination. Vaccination is a critical pandemic mitigation strategy, so we are sharing the state’s strong recommendation of vaccinations for all who are eligible. Use the Vaccine Locator to find a vaccination site.