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Masks optional for Hoover City Schools beginning Wednesday

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Published: Feb. 8, 2022 at 7:44 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2022 at 3:51 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Hoover City Schools say masks will be optional beginning Wednesday, February 9.

The Hoover Board of Education unanimously voted to repeal the mask matrix, which means that masks will be optional on Hoover City Schools campuses beginning Wednesday.

Hoover City Schools parents said during Tuesday’s Hoover Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Fowler made a recommendation to the Board of Education to repeal the school district’s mask matrix which was approved by the Board in September 2021.

Moving forward Dr. Fowler will have reasonable flexibility to make changes to the mask policy to target individual classrooms as circumstances change.

Masks will remain mandatory on school buses due to federal law and the mask policy for individuals returning to school after quarantine will remain in place.

Statement from Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent

“A steady decline in positive cases coupled with the widespread availability of the vaccine were the factors behind my recommendation to repeal the district’s mask matrix. Out of 13,500 plus students, only 75 students reported testing positive for COVID during the last seven days. The Board voted unanimously to repeal the matrix and return to optional masking on Hoover City Schools campuses. The Board granted reasonable flexibility to me for taking appropriate action in specific situations if necessary. This action is subject to future revision as circumstances evolve.”

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