From The Tribune staff reports
LEEDS — In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep students physically in school, Leeds City Schools announced that they will implement a mask mandate for students, faculty, staff and visitors in school buildings.
The mask requirement will run for two weeks, from August 24 to September 7.
“When we opened the doors for our students on August 11, we promised that our reopening plan was fluid and subject to change,” Leeds City Schools Superintendent John Moore announced on a social media post. “Today, we find ourselves with greater than 10 percent of our students excluded from school (positives + isolated), so we will change gears.
“Beginning August 24, masking will be required in all indoor spaces in the Leeds City Schools, for both the vaccinated & unvaccinated. Exceptions will be made when people are eating or exercising.”
The mask requirement may be extended, depending on what the school’s COVID-19 infection rate looks like.
“We will evaluate our numbers at that time and will make a decision regarding mandatory masks going forward,” Moore said. “I know these are trying times and we are all tired of dealing with COVID. Hopefully we will see improvements in the coming weeks.”