Harrison County to implement 30-day mask policy


FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla. President Joe Biden has called school district superintendents in Florida and Arizona, praising them for doing what he called “the right thing” after their respective boards implemented mask requirements in defiance of their Republican governors amid growing COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Harrison County Schools, on the recommendation of the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department, have chosen to implement a 30-day mask requirement.

While masks will be necessary, quarantining will not be required in classrooms if all parties involved wear masks. This period of time will be used to assess further decisions related to mask requirements.

According to Superintendent Dora Stutler, mask wearing is the key to keeping kids in the classroom five days a week.

“We want to be in-person. That’s our main goal, and the health department is reassuring that our kids will not be quarantined if they’re masked. So, it’s really a way to keep them safe. It’s not a perfect solution. We know that it’s not perfect. But, if it can keep our schools open and to keep us from quarantining, that’s what we’re gonna do,” said Stutler.

The new requirements will begin on Aug. 24 for both students and staff.

Stutler also said she is open to removing the mandate if cases drop before the 30-day mark is up.

The school district plans to reassess the situation closer to the 30-day mark to see if the mandate will be extended or not based on guidance from the health department.

All other safety protocols and COVID-19 School Guidance will continue to be in effect, though this may change as new information comes in.

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