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End of California school mask mandate brings relief, lingering concerns

California students and school staff had mixed emotions about the end of the state’s school mask mandate on Monday. In the Bay Area, many students and school staff chose to continue wearing masks, while face masks were scarce in schools in the Central Valley and the mountains of Northern California.

At Concord High School in Contra Costa County, about 70 percent of students wore masks on Monday, at least a few times, principal Rianne Pfaltzgraff said. Most staff also chose to keep the mask on, but some were still glad it was no longer needed.

In at least one class, teachers performed a “mask revelation” in which students took off their masks and looked each other in the face for the first time. Junior Kaila Murillo was stunned by how his friends looked different from what he expected. The eyes and ears only offer a vision of a person; a lot is expressed in the nose and in the mouth and in the smile, he said.

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