MERCER, WYOMING AND FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS)– As COVID cases rise around the state, schools are determining if students should go back to wearing masks in the classroom.

Masks for Wyoming County Schools will be determined at a Board of Education meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm. This is after a previous decision that allowed parents to choose whether or not their children would wear a mask in school.

Mercer County Schools has decided to base their mask rules on the DHHR’s County Alert System every Sunday. Since Mercer County is in the red this week, students and staff are required to wear masks at all times except during breakfast and lunch.

Parents of Wyoming County Schools say there will be a protest against a potential mask mandate.

Fayette County Schools will begin following new measures when it comes to COVID-19 exposure within their schools.

In order to keep schools open throughout the state and to minimize quarantining, the West Virginia Department of Education under the guidance Dr. Ayne Amjad released new guidance for schools.

State guidance now said if you are wearing a mask and come into contact with covid-19, you do not need to quarantine.

Due to the amount of COVID-19 exposure last week, students in Fayette County will be required to wear a face-covering this week.

“That’s really the key element we are just doing it to keep students in schools you know it is not that battle that has gone on about why you wear a mask why you don’t wear a mask its more about the guidance we received Friday afternoon,” said Gary Hough, Fayette County schools superintendent.

Hough said the protocols can change at a moment’s notice, but going forward these are rules they will follow in Fayette County.