Decatur City Schools transitioning to mask preferred policy

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 5:19 PM CST
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - Update as of 2/8/22: Decatur City Schools is transitioning to a mask preferred policy effective Wednesday, Feb. 9.

DCS says the transition to mask preferred is due to a significant drop in COVID-19 cases.

“Mask preferred encourages masks in buildings and on school buses but does not make it a requirement,” said a spokesperson with DCS. “Our administration will monitor COVID-19 numbers closely and make adjustments as needed.”

Original: Decatur City Schools will transition to masks required mandate effective Jan. 24 for staff, students and visitors.

According to DCS, the mandatory masks policy was approved after a 3-2 vote by the board of education on Tuesday night. The mandatory mask mandate will begin on Monday, Jan. 24 when in-person learning resumes and remain in place until Feb. 8. Masks will also be required on school buses.

Nearly 790 students and staff are out sick as of today, according to DCS.

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