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New mask requirement for Etowah County Schools

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 1:13 PM CDT
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ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The mask mandate has been extended through Sept. 24.

Following an emergency Etowah County School Board meeting Wednesday morning, Dr. Alan Cosby announced a change in mask policy for all Etowah County Schools.

Dr. Alan Cosby said the mandatory mask policy will start August 27, 2021 and run through the end of the day on Friday, September 10, 2021.

The recommendation was approved by the Etowah County Board of Education.

Here is Dr. Cosby’s full statement:

It is my recommendation that all students, faculty and staff, and visitors to wear masks/face coverings inside school buildings during the school day and afterschool activities when six feet of social distance cannot be met and maintained due to an increasing number of Covid cases among our students and staff. Masks will continue to be required by students and staff on school buses. Masks will also be required for indoor athletic events by all spectators and athletes when not actively participating in the contest when six feet of social distance cannot be met and maintained.

Masks will not be required for outside activities such as PE, athletics, band, or during recess. Masks will not be required for outdoor athletic events. Masks will also not be required if a medical doctor certifies that a student or employee has a pre-existing condition that mandates that a mask should not be worn or if an IEP dictates that a special education student should not wear a mask.

This mandatory mask policy will be effective Friday, August 27, 2021, through the end of the day on Friday, September 10, 2021. The Superintendent and staff will monitor data and make recommendations to the Board of Education in hopes that conditions improve and the mask requirement can become optional again in the near future.

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