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WATCH: Huntsville City Schools announces mandatory masking will continue into the spring

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Will schools in the city of Huntsville end the system’s mask mandate?

That was the question as system officials hold an education board meeting on Monday morning.

School officials announced masks will remain mandatory for all students, staff, faculty and visitors across the district at the start of the spring semester.

However, starting Friday, January 14, school officials will begin to assess Madison County’s position on the ADPH COVID-19 risk dashboard each week, rescinding or continuing the mask’s tenure from Monday to Friday following. .

Officials have hinted that the policy is unlikely to change midweek and could be reapplied if there is an increase.

The mask policy may be canceled if the Madison County community transmission rate falls below the substantial level for seven of the last 10 working days; conversely, if compulsory masking is not this is because school officials may re-implement the policy if Madison County’s community transmission rate increases in the substantial or high category for 7 of the last 10 working days.

Students, faculty and staff who have already been granted an exemption will not have to reapply; the exemptions will be postponed until the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Regardless of the policy in HCS buildings, masks will continue to be mandatory on all HCS buses under a federal mandate.

The fall semester testing and exclusion guidelines will continue as they did, with one exception: Those without symptoms of COVID-19 will have the option to return earlier.

Parents of students in Huntsville City schools, as well as staff and faculty, will be notified of any changes through regular communication systems, such as text messages, robocalls, and the HCS COVID-19 web page.


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