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Mask requirement extended for Tuscaloosa City Schools

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:52 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:09 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa City school board voted in favor of extending the school system’s mask wearing mandate.

That decision means students, staff and visitors to any schools or school buildings must wear a mask on face covering indoors.

WBRC spoke to Superintendent Mike Daria Wednesday morning. He said the number of positive COVID cases for students and employees is much lower now compared to the start of the school year when Tuscaloosa City Schools experienced a spike in cases. He recommended keeping the mask mandate in place a little while longer to make sure the downward trend continues.

Daria explained how Tuesday night’s decision helps achieve the school system’s goal to continue face to face in-person teaching. “Our focus was getting back to school in person. That was a main mission and of course to do it safely. And as we go through this pandemic we’re going to be nimble and looking what’s in front of us and how we respond to that,” Daria continued.

The school board will revisit changing the mask policy two weeks from now.

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