Local schools update mask policy

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

With the recent announcement from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson lifting the mask mandate for the state of Arkansas, many local schools are revising their policies. The original policies that many schools were following stated masks had to be worn at all times, students should try and social distance as much as possible and lunch would be six feet apart. Now, many schools are not requiring these measures but rather have laxed the rules and changed their policies. Their updated policies are as follows.

Salem School District is one school that has updated their policy. Some policies are still the same but many things have changed. Salem Schools will continue to provide PPE to all students and employees. They ask that all personnel have a mask on them at all times when on campus, but it is only required to wear them if they are within six feet of another person. Masks are not required outside, but they are still recommended inside of classrooms, buses and other smaller confined spaces. Everything else will stay the same at Salem Schools such as split lunches, increased sanitation schedules and temperature checks.

Highland School District will also be updating their mask usage policy but have not yet at this time. They will continue to follow all CDC and Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. Highland Schools will continue to require students and staff to wear a mask at all times on campus.

Viola School District has completely redone their policy following the governorís directive. Effective immediately, masks are not required but recommended for students and staff on campus. However, masks will still be available and other precautions such as social distancing and additional cleaning will continue to be followed.

Izard County Consolidated School District will also be following the governorís mandate. Masks are no longer required on campus by students or staff. Masks will still be made available for everyone; social distancing and deep cleaning will still be in place in high traffic areas.

Melbourne School District will not be lifting their policies at this time. They will continue to follow CDC guidelines that have been in place all year. Their school board will make further decisions and they will announce these at a later time.

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