As Minnesota’s students head back to the classroom and the Delta variant spreads, schools are updating and finalizing their COVID-19 policies. Below are the current mask policies for Minnesota’s largest school districts. (List updated as of Tuesday, Aug. 24.)

A federal mandate requires mask wearing on school buses.

Anoka-Hennepin Public School District

Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools mandates and requires universal indoor masking for all people in a school setting grades K through grade 5, and for 6th grade students inside the school building, and for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors in K-5 school settings and 6th grade classrooms regardless of vaccination status when the COVID-19 case levels are greater than 15 per 10,000 as communicated by the Minnesota Department of Health on the county level data report.

Austin Public School District

At stages 1 and 2, face coverings are not required but recommended particularly for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated, live with individuals who are not fully vaccinated, or if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease. Face coverings will be required of all individuals in a setting that has been identified as being in stages 3, 4, or 5.

Burnsville Public School District

Beginning Monday, Aug. 9, face coverings will be required in all District 191 schools and buildings for visitors and staff, regardless of their vaccinations status.

Centennial Public School District

Face masks, at this point, are a recommendation, not a requirement, for students, staff, and visitors in our schools.

Duluth Public School District

At this time, we are requiring the following until further notice and will make a final decision by August 24 for the beginning of the school year: Masks required for all students age 2 and older, ISD 709 employees and the public unless medically exempted, regardless of vaccination status.

Eastern Carver County Public Schools

Per the CDC and MN Department of Health, masking is strongly recommended for everyone in the school setting, regardless of vaccination status. At this time, the district continues to strongly recommend the use of face coverings while indoors, but there is no requirement to wear masks.

Eden Prairie Public School District

Face coverings are required for all students in Early Childhood through grade 6. Face coverings are recommended for all students in grades 7-12 and Tassel Students.

Face coverings are required for any staff member who cannot maintain six feet of social distance with students. Staff who are fully vaccinated and maintain social distance in the school setting may remove their face covering when it supports educational outcomes

Face coverings are required for any visitor who cannot maintain six feet of social distance with students. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are recommended for visitors who are fully vaccinated and maintain social distance with students.

Edina Public School District

Universal indoor masking is required for all people in the school, athletic and activities setting (ages 2 years and older), including teachers, staff, coaches, advisors, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Elk River School District

Masks are recommended, regardless of vaccination, but not required.

Farmington Public School District

Face coverings are optional in district buildings. The CDC and MDH recommend all people in a school setting (ages 2 years and older) wear a mask, including teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Forest Lake Public School District

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are strongly recommended for students and staff while indoors.

Hopkins Public School District

Starting Aug. 18, all K-12+ students and all staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face masks in indoor spaces.

Lakeville Public School District

Face coverings are optional, but strongly recommended in schools/district facilities for all people, regardless of vaccination status, by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Minneapolis Public School District

Face coverings are required for all staff, students, and visitors over 2 years of age regardless of an individual’s vaccination status in all MPS buildings as of August 9, 2021.

Minnetonka Public School District

The Board has determined that all students and staff in Grades K-8 and visitors will be required to wear masks at all times at school. There will be a process for exceptions in unusual situations.

It is strongly recommended that students and staff in Grades 9-12 and visitors wear masks.

Moorhead Public School District

Face coverings will be recommended, but not required, for all students, staff and visitors to district facilities. Face coverings will be recommended, but not required, for all individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Mounds View Public School District

Mounds View Public Schools will require that students, staff and visitors wear masks while inside our buildings, effective Monday, August 23.

North St. Paul-Maplewood Oakdale Public School District

Required for preschool students and older, regardless of vaccination status. Required for staff when in the classroom, when around students/families, and in a large group when physical distancing cannot be met, regardless of vaccination status. Required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Required for athletes when not in active participation or competition.

Osseo Public School District

Students, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings/masks in all district facilities and school buses and vehicles throughout trimester one.

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools

Universal indoor masking is recommended for all people in the school setting (ages 2 years and older), including teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Robbinsdale Public School District

Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, face coverings will be required for all pre-K-12 students over the age of two, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, while on the school bus, or while indoors at all schools and District facilities, including the Crystal Learning Center.

Rochester Public School District

All persons are required to wear masks while inside all RPS buildings.

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan

Current guidance from both the CDC and MDH (as of July 28, 2021) STRONGLY RECOMMENDS the following for K-12 schools: Face coverings worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older), regardless of vaccination status.

Roseville Public School District

The District requires universal indoor masking for all people in a school setting (ages 3 and older), including all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Shakopee Public School District

Persons (students, staff, and others) are recommended to wear face masks when inside school buildings, and at outdoor events where crowds of people are in close proximity to one another. Unvaccinated persons are strongly recommended to wear face masks when inside school buildings, and at outdoor events where there are crowds of people in close proximity to one another.

South Washington County School District

Face coverings are required for all people in a school setting (age 2 and above through grade 8) including staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status beginning Aug. 23. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all people in high schools (9-12+).

Spring Lake Park Public Schools

Face masks are not required but are recommended. Minnesota is recommending — not requiring — that everyone inside public school buildings wear masks this fall regardless of their vaccination status. Face masks are required on student transportation following federal requirements.

St. Cloud Public School District

In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, MDH, MDE, and local health officials, and as a mitigation measure to reduce quarantines and help keep students in school, the plan includes universal masking of children and adults while inside district buildings and using district transportation.

St. Michael-Albertville School District

Face coverings are optional for students and staff. They will not be required in 2021-2022 unless families and staff choose otherwise or have a medical condition.

St. Paul Public School District

SPPS will require masks for all people in a school setting (ages 2 and older), including all teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, unless they have a qualifying exemption.

Stillwater Area Public School District

Universal indoor masking is recommended for all people in the school setting (ages 2 years and older), including teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Wayzata Public School District

Face coverings are required for students in pre-K (age 2 or older) through grade 8 and all staff, volunteers and visitors in these schools, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wearing masks in buildings outside of these hours is still recommended, but not required unless otherwise communicated.

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan

Face coverings are required for all people in school (age 2 and up) including staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status beginning August 23.

White Bear Lake School District

Face coverings required for all age 2+, regardless of vaccination status, while in district buildings.