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Jefferson County Schools shifting back to mask optional Nov. 1

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Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 6:39 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 1:01 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON Co., Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE 10/29/21: Jefferson County Schools are shifting back to mask optional on Monday, Nov. 1.

School officials say students and employees will still be required to wear masks on the bus because of the existing federal order.

Here is the letter that was sent to parents regarding the change:

Masks optional starting Nov. 1.
Masks optional starting Nov. 1.(Source: Jefferson County Schools)

Jefferson County Schools leaders announced Wednesday that masks will continue to be mandatory past October 1st.

Here is the letter sent to parents and caregivers:

Dear JEFCOED Family,

Our current mask order runs through October 1st. We have decided that masks will continue to be mandatory past October 1st. We will continue to watch our data and have conversations with healthcare leaders to make the most informed decisions possible. I have every intention of shifting back to mask optional campuses, but we are not there yet.

Universal masking has allowed us to keep more students in class. We were able to adjust our close contact and exclusion from school procedures. Our close contact numbers and positive case count have both dropped dramatically in recent weeks.

As a reminder here are the current procedures that are in place:

We all want to get back to normal! I want to get back to normal. I miss seeing the smiles on our students’ faces. Let’s all forge ahead and work together to make this possible in the near future.

Sincerely,

Dr. Walter Gonsoulin

The mask policy went into effect August 26.

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