Students Not Required to Wear Face Masks Inside Carson City School District Buildings

UPDATE: AUGUST 6

The Carson City School District released this statement on Friday, August 6.

Recently, there have been several statements from the Governor’s Office and the Carson City School District relating to the wearing of face masks to begin the 2021-2022 school year. This message supersedes all previous messages and represents the most recent official position of the Carson City School District.  

• Students are not required to wear face masks inside any Carson City School District building. However, students always have the option to wear face masks inside district buildings if they or their family elect to do so. Students exercising their option to wear a face mask will be fully supported in their decision by district staff. 

• All school staff must wear face coverings while inside school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. 

• All students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade and all school staff must wear face coverings while on school buses. 

• Parents, vendors, volunteers, visitors and guests must wear face coverings inside school buildings and on school buses.  

Per the District’s Reopening Plan, the temporary use of face masks may be employed anytime during the school year as part of a multi-layered effort to end a localized outbreak of COVID-19 or one of its variants.  

For those interested, Carson City School District has re-opened the application and registration process for full-remote learning options through Pioneer Academy. Applications are found on the Pioneer High School webpage pioneer.carsoncityschools.com. This program serves remote students 5-days per week in grades 1-12 from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM during each school week.    

Parents with additional questions should contact their school principal.  For more information, please review Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery, the Nevada Health Response press release or visit the Carson City School District website at carsoncityschools.com or contact the school district at 775-283-2100.

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UPDATE: AUGUST 3: Carson City School District officials say they will start the 2021-2022 school year with a facemask mandate for all students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status. 

The Board approved the Safe Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 school year in July and they don't have plans to change or alter it, but because Carson City is flagged as having a substantial or high transmission rate of COVID-19, they are requiring masks at the beginning of the school year.

The Nevada Mask Mandate says transmission rates in each county will be reviewed weekly. District officials say when the county’s transmission rate falls into the “Low” category and stays there for two consecutive weeks, the facemask requirement will be lifted.   

The first day of school for CCSD students is August 16.


The Carson City School District will not require face masks for the 2021-22 school year.

The Carson City School Board approved the Safe Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 school year, at the school board meeting Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The motion passed with a unanimous vote of 7-0.

However, the district encourages face masks for those who are unvaccinated and over two years old.

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The district highlights that if there is a localized outbreak of COVID-19 or a variant of COVID-19, the temporary use of face masks may be put in place.

School districts are required to outline how they will provide instruction in 2021-22 via in-class or distance education for all students. They are obligated to offer options for students who have compromised health needs or to families who have English language learners, are on 504 plans, on individual education plans or might be in other special circumstances.

On July 27 the CDC updated its mask-wearing recommendations.  

(The Carson City School District contributed to this report.)