Last updated March 16, 2022, 9:26 a.m. – Learn more about this update

Beginning March 12, 2022, mask wearing as one of the COVID-19 mitigation measures will be optional at BSD schools. This means that mask wearing in both indoor and outdoor settings will be an individual choice for students, staff, families, visitors and volunteers.  The Bellevue School District strongly commits to a culture of acceptance, where individual choices will be respected, while we work together to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

While masks are no longer required universally in school settings, there will be situations when the use of well-fitting masks may be temporarily required for individuals by the Washington State Department of Health and/or Public Health Seattle & King County.

When are masks required?

  • For a student or staff member on days 6-10 when they return to school/work from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, unless they have tested negative on day 6 or later.
  • Any time someone aged 2 or older is in the school health room/clinic
  • When working with a licensed mental health provider in the school (for example, speaking with a Youth Eastside Services counselor at school)
  • Any time someone with COVID symptoms who is walking to, or already in, the isolation/wellness room at school
  • Masks may also be required as a response to an outbreak or cluster of cases in a classroom or group or in a specific setting

Students, children, and staff will have the choice to wear a mask at school and/or at provider settings, with the expectation that others’ choices will be respected. Some may need to wear a mask because they or a member of their household is high risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

Students and staff who are immunocompromised, medically fragile, and/or otherwise high risk for severe disease should consult their health care provider about whether or not to continue wearing well-fitted masks

Schools will provide masks and other appropriate PPE to staff and students as needed or desired.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.