Reeds Spring Schools to Mandate Masks Beginning December 1

Press Release

When the Reeds Spring School District returns from Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday, December 1, all students in grades K-12 will be required to wear masks. Previously, only students in grades 5-12 and students who rode buses had to wear masks. This change is based on recommendations from the governor and the state department of education.

Students and staff will no longer be quarantined due to exposure at school if both individuals – the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the person exposed to the positive case – were wearing masks. That means the district can reduce the number of students that need to be quarantined when there is a COVID-19 exposure.

Students will be able to remove masks during lunch, recess, and physical education classes. Also, if a teacher feels that students can maintain proper social distance, the teacher can allow students to remove masks.

Please note that students who are exposed to COVID-19 outside of school will still be required to quarantine and will not be allowed to attend school during their quarantine period.

The district based this decision on advice from state leaders, consultation with the Stone County Health Department, the careful examination of data, and thoughtful deliberation. Reeds Spring Schools takes the health threat of COVID-19 seriously. The district also recognizes the challenges that the quarantine process places on students, their families, and our staff. The district always tries to act in the best interest of students.

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