(PASADENA, CA.) - The California Department of Public Health continues to adjust masking guidance to reflect reduced COVID-19 transmission and higher vaccination rates across many communities. The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) will align school masking measures with the state and shift to strongly recommending indoor masking requirements at childcare sites and K-12 schools beginning March 12. School districts and campuses may continue to require masking at schools and during school activities and are encouraged to consult with teachers, staff, parents and students as they consider the appropriate safety protections for their school community, recognizing that many individuals may want to continue additional protections. PPHD will review any additional state guidance changes and provide an update on additional modifications to safety measures.