Caroline County Public Schools to require masks for PreK-5 students, staff

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A staff member holds the door open for kids on the first day of school at Goodwin Frazier Elementary School in New Braunfels, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. The number of Americans newly diagnosed with the coronavirus is falling — a development experts credit at least partly to increased wearing of masks — even as the outbreak continues to claim nearly 1,000 lives in the U.S. each day. (Mikala Compton/Herald-Zeitung via AP)

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Caroline County School Board has made a decision regarding mask-wearing for the upcoming school year.

During Monday night’s school board meeting, the board voted 3-2 to adopt the following:

  • PK-5 Policy: Masks will be required for all Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, when inside CCPS elementary buildings.
  • 6-12 Policy: For all secondary students, staff, and visitors, masks are optional.

Due to a federal order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to public transportation, CCPS students and staff must wear a mask on school busses.

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