Monongalia County Schools students, staff required to wear masks indoors

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 8:36 AM EDT
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - All students K-12, staff, and faculty in Monongalia County Schools will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, starting Aug. 19.

Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom tells 5 News the decision came at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting after strong recommendations from the Monongalia County Health Department and CDC.

Masks and face coverings can be removed while outdoors and for participation in outdoor sports.

Monongalia County Health Officer Dr. Lee Smith says the delta variant is on the rise. He said, “It impacts children. Grade schoolers, middle schoolers, high schoolers, as much as any other group. In fact, because they’re not vaccinated, their numbers have really accelerated.”

Monongalia County is currently the only county in the North Central region to enforce this mandate, but during the governor’s Wednesday briefing, he says at the rate cases are increasing, a mask mandate in schools could be possible. The governor said, “I’m trying to give a lot of leeway to our local officials, but if this thing continues the way it’s going, you’ll just have to look to the fact that we will have to adjust.”

The first day of school for students in Monongalia County will be August 24th.

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