It’s been jus over two weeks since a new health mitigation plan was put into effect in the Charles City School District. The plan approved by the school board does not include a mask mandate, but officials could call for one if needed since a federal judge has again extended the ban against the state enforcing a “no mask mandate” policy in schools.
The plan does establish guidelines the district follows that could trigger mandatory wearing of face coverings by students and staff. It also addresses the level of absence of students and staff due to illness that would require the shutdown of a classroom or school building. Superintendent Mike Fisher says a lot of legwork was done when forming the plan.
While the new plan covers factors at school, Fisher added that parents also play a role.
Though not mandated, signage strongly recommending face coverings in the districts’ school buildings and at indoor sporting events have been posted.