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Why Limestone County Schools decided to no longer require masks

Superintendent Randy Shearouse says if case numbers stay low, school systems can make more moves towards normal.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 7:16 PM CDT
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LIMESTONE CO., Ala. (WAFF) - School districts in north Alabama are split. Some are still requiring students and staff to mask-up, others aren’t.

Limestone County Superintendent Randy Shearouse says he decided to drop mandatory masking because case numbers are down and many of his teachers have been vaccinated.

“That was a big part of it, and that’s one reason we waited until the very last to make the decision because we wanted to make sure coming off of spring break we didn’t have an uptick before making that decision,” said Shearouse.

Shearouse says if case numbers stay low, school systems can make more moves towards normal.

“Hopefully if our numbers stay the same, we’ll be able to have some of those activities as we draw near the end of school without all of the mandates in place,” said Shearouse.

Limestone County Students will still be socially distanced and asked to wash their hands frequently. Extra cleaning will alos still happen.

“We’re looking forward to there being a change and there being a great way to start a new school year hopefully not worried about COVID and all of the restrictions we’ve had in place,” said Shearouse.

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