CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Union High School District sent out letters Thursday afternoon to parents, staff and students detailing indoor mask requirements, which will go into effect on Monday.

The decision includes an opt-out form and will go into effect for at least one month. The district Governing Board had approved the parameters of the masking rules at a special meeting last week.

“The times we are experiencing are complex, for sure, and we empathize with you,” said Superintendent Anna Battle in the letter. “What we have learned over the past two years is wearing masks lessens the transmission of COVID-19. It is my hope that you partner with us to make it possible for CGUHSD schools to support the learning environment and not disrupt learning experiences in the future.”

Masks will not be required outdoors, a category that includes school hallways and physical education classes. Buses, however, are considered an indoor space.

Spectators at indoor events will be required to mask.

Although families opting out of the mask requirement are not required to provide a reason, the district includes a space on the form where parents can specify if the decision is for health or anxiety concerns.

Sept. 29 is the date a state law could go into effect banning mask requirements, although those laws are being disputed in court.

Parents can find a complete copy of the district’s health and safety protocols at https://www.cguhsd.org/doSafeReturnToInPersonInstruction.aspx.

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Aaron Dorman is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more. He can be reached at adorman@pinalcentral.com.

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