By April Park, South Kern Sol

The Kern High School has announced that school campuses are returning to full, in-person instruction on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. 

The Kern High School district will adhere to the new COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools released by the California Department of 

Public Health (CDPH), designed to enable full in-person instruction to all students safely, even if the severity of the pandemic changes throughout the year.

In par with the CDPH’s guidelines, the Kern High School district requires masks for all students and adults in indoor K-12 settings, eliminating the need for social distancing. However, masks are optional for all outdoor K-12 settings. Individuals with medical conditions that exempt them from wearing face masks will have to wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape. 

To ensure everyone follows the mask requirement, the district will provide a face covering to students and staff members as needed.

CDPH states on their website: “CDPH will continue to assess conditions on an ongoing basis, and will determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.”