Masks to become optional beginning Monday in Madison County Schools

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 8:00 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 9:40 AM CDT
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MADISON CO., Ala. (WAFF) - Madison County Schools updated its COVID-19 guidelines that were outlined in the Ready, Set, Forward plan.

The Ready, Set, Forward lays out when certain policies, such as masks or virtual learning, would need to go into place. According to the school district, if positive COVID-19 numbers remain below 0.5% systemwide, MCSS will implement the following change to LEVEL 1, on Oct. 29; the use of masks will become optional for students and staff, beginning Nov. 1.

As of Oct. 29, COVID-19 case numbers are well below 0.5 percent systemwide and therefore, masks will be optional beginning Monday.

However, it’s critical to mention that masks could come back if COVID-19 cases flare up again. The following protocols will be used on a school by school basis:

1. If an individual school reaches a 2.5% positivity rate, they will move to masks required at Level 1.

2. If an individual school reaches a 5.0% positivity rate, they will move to masks required at Level 1, and the school nurses will take over the COVID-19 contact tracing for that campus.

3. When a school falls below 0.5% positivity rate for five consecutive school days, they will return to masks optional at Level 1.

The Madison County Board of Education will continue to evaluate the impact COVID-19 has on the school district and will modify protocols.

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