Schools announce mask mandates for students

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A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy holds back protesters as they demand to hear a TVUSD board meeting and public speakers from outside the conference center building while the large group rallies for support against mask mandates when school resumes in Temecula July 20. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Many students are returning to full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic school year with COVID-19 mask mandates in place for all students and teachers, according to district public information officers, but some parents are not happy with the decision. Temecula Valley Unified, Murrieta Valley Unified, Menifee Union, Lake Elsinore Unified, Hemet Unified and San Jacinto Unified school districts are all requiring masks be worn indoors by teachers, students and staff. All districts are citing the latest guidelines and restrictions set forth by the California Department of Public Health regarding the reopening of K-12 schools released July 12. Annette Hoegner, a volunteer ambassador for Children’s Health Defense-California, a nonprofit advocacy organization founded by
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