Ritchie County Schools to institute temporary mask mandate


HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – Ritchie County Schools have issued a temporary mask mandate after several employees and students have been quarantined.

In a short series of tweets on the Ritchie County High School Athletics account on Sunday afternoon, Superintendent Jim Brown announced the mandate.

According to Superintendent Jim Brown, as of Monday morning, three students had tested positive, putting 63 in quarantine, and two employees have tested positive, leaving 48 employees exposed and 25 in quarantine.

Brown said one of the big reasons for the mandate was the potential for staff shortages if exposures were to continue.

“So, one of the reasons why we went to a mask mandate starting today was simply that we were gonna be very short on staff if we had any additional exposures,” said Brown.

The new mandate also applies to anyone already vaccinated, and only those testing positive for COVID-19 would be required to quarantine if they are vaccinated, said Brown.

The tweets also ask that anyone feeling unwell to stay at home.

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