From The Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — With the state mask mandate set to end on Friday, April 9, JefCoEd has revealed its plan for the remaining nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year.
Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin released a statement on the matter Monday afternoon.
“While cases in our schools continue to fall weekly, I do not believe we are to a point where we can relax our restrictions or let down our guard,” said Gonsoulin. “We will continue to require masks for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.”
Gonsoulin says that policy will require face coverings for traditional school and any other school-related activities such as graduation ceremonies. No decision has been made regarding next school year.
“I believe this is the best and safest course of action to protect our faculty, staff and students,” he continued. “Many of our teachers received their second COVID-19 vaccine today (April 5). They will not reach maximum immunity until April 19th. We also have many other employees who have had COVID-19 this school year and will not have an opportunity to get a shot until later in the semester.”