Fayette County Superintendent speaks on mask mandates for upcoming school year

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FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — With COVID-19 and Delta Variant cases increasing across the state, Fayette County Schools has released their mask guidance for the upcoming school year.

Masks will be required for students and staff while in the building during the first two weeks of school. This will last from August 16 to August 27, 2021. Starting on August 27, mask mandates will be determined by the WVDHHR County Alert System.

“We are doing this as a precautionary measure to see where the rates are going to be at and where we will be at. The goal is to keep everything low,” Gary Hough, Superintendent of Fayette County Schools said.

If the DHHR map shows Fayette County is colored yellow or green, the mask mandate will be lifted for the entire county. This is unless a single school has a COVID-19 positivity rate of two percent, or has five percent of the student population quarantined. In this case, only that single school will have to continue wearing masks until the map is checked again.

“After that, if the rates are bad it’s by individuals schools if your school is below two percent positive covid or below five percent quarantine rate, there is no need for a mask at school. It will be a parent choice,” Hough continued.

If Fayette County is colored gold, orange, or red on the County Alert System, a mask mandate will be placed over all of the county. Only if a school has a positivity rate below two percent and less than five percent of the school’s population is quarantined will they be able to operate without masks.

Hough said it’s important that parents remember to stay patient with them as they head into the next couple of weeks.

“One of the things I think the parents need to do is just help us get through these first two weeks lets get our school year normal. And remember how we started last year,” Hough continued.

The map will be checked every Friday throughout the school year to determine the following week’s requirements. In accordance with federal mandates, students must also wear masks while on school buses at all times.

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