Dear Keppel Learning Community,

As of Saturday, March 12, 2022, indoor masking in TK-12 schools will no longer be required for students and staff. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are included in the removal of the masking requirement. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health aligned masking guidance to the California Department of Public Health criteria, shifting masking to “…strongly recommending indoor masking at childcare sites and TK-12 schools.” Staff and students in Keppel schools will be able to be unmasked beginning Monday, March 14, 2022. However, if another surge or severe variant is encountered, actions may be reinstated by State and County officials to protect the health and safety of individuals.

 Since the start of the pandemic, the Keppel Union School District (KUSD) has implemented all Federal, State, County, and CAL/OSHA requirements to keep schools open and accessible, while ensuring the safety and health of students and staff. The alignment of KUSD with these protocols continues as the District will revise its protocols to make indoor/outdoor masking optional beginning on Monday, March 14, 2022. We aim to have our schools/district offices in pre-pandemic conditions as soon as possible.

 We are grateful to our students for their willingness to follow the protocols at school so that they could learn alongside fellow students. We extend a warm thank you to our Keppel families for supporting their children and the schools during the complicated and incredibly challenging COVID-19 era. Lastly, thank you to our Keppel COVID-19 Team members and all of our staff members for their unwavering dedication to our students during this time to support student learning and success. United together, we continue "Opening Doors to Infinite Possibilities" for students, their families, our staff, and our Keppel learning community!