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More AZ School Districts Requiring Masks Following Ruling In Phoenix Union Case

School districts in the Valley and in Tucson are announcing they will require masks in its schools starting Tuesday. The move is in reaction to a  ruling on the lawsuit against the Phoenix Union High School District’s mask requirement. 

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that a new state law that prohibits public schools from requiring masks has yet to take effect. 

As a result, the Catalina Foothills district can legally require universal indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers and visitors on all its school campuses, it said in a Monday letter to parents. This policy applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks will be optional outdoors. 

Other school districts in the Phoenix Valley that also announced mask requirements on Monday include Tempe Elementary, Tempe Union High School and  Kyrene

The Kyrene district will require masks at schools with substantial COVID community spread or higher. Right now, this applies to all Kyrene schools. 

→  List: Arizona School Districts Requiring Masks For 2021-2022 School Year

Rocio Hernandez is a senior field correspondent who was raised in the Las Vegas valley. She temporarily left the desert to work as the first bilingual reporter at KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she covered immigration and education stories. Prior to KUER, Hernandez worked at the Associated Press’s office in Phoenix and has also interned for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reno Public Radio (KUNR) and the East Bay Times. Hernandez fell in love with audio storytelling after participating in an NPR's “Next Gen Radio” training as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno.In her spare time, Hernandez enjoys cuddling with her two poodles, sipping margaritas and spending time with her husband.