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The Washington County Public Schools have no plans to implement capacity limits or mask mandates for students and staff – unless on school buses – for the upcoming school year starting on August 30th according to updated guidelines.

The new guidelines state, “The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends students and staff wear face coverings over their mouth and nose in indoor settings throughout the school day, regardless of whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Further, the CDC also recommends face coverings for outside activities when physical distancing is not possible.”

The school system is not requiring the masks but they are recommending that families and staff members follow CDC guidelines.

The guidelines do however state that they can make changes at any time depending on the status of COVID-19.

“As COVID-19 continues to be a concern around the world, WCPS is prepared to respond to any changes with the pandemic in our community so that students can remain engaged in learning throughout the school year. To do this, WCPS needs everyone in our learning community to be flexible and supportive.”

It was announced at a BOE meeting on Aug. 3 that masks would not be required.

Last week, the Washington County Health Department issued a new advisory urging county residents (including vaccinated) to take precautions. Those precautions include wearing masks in public places.

The guidelines also state that quarantining may still take place this school year.

“Those in close contact with a COVID-positive person may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days.” the document states.

WCPS also added that maximized distance between students and cleaning protocols will remain in place. Sick students and staff will still be asked to remain at home.

Soap and hand sanitizer will also be proved at multiple locations throughout buildings.