April 20, 2021 - On April 19, 2021 Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2021-10. The crux of this Executive Order was to rescind the portion of his prior Executive Order that required school districts to develop and implement a policy to require face coverings.
Almost immediately after the Governor issued his Executive Order, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued emergency measure 2021-02. That emergency measure rescinded its prior emergency measure which required the wearing of face masks at school. The ADHS emergency measure indicates that school districts “still maintain the right to institute and enforce policies to mitigate against COVID-19 spread including the use of masks.” ADHS’ emergency measure also encouraged school districts to continue to take actions consistent with CDC recommendations, ADE’s roadmap and ADE’s March 29, 2021 guidance to schools.
The attached FAQ (here
) answers what EO 2021-10 and EM 2021-02 mean for Arizona school districts. This FAQ was prepared for the Arizona Risk Retention Trust and in collaboration with members of the legal community.
For more information or questions, please contact any of our education law attorneys listed below.Robert D. Hawsrhaws@gustlaw.com
602.257.7976Jennifer N. MacLennanmaclennan@gustlaw.com
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