Tuscaloosa City Schools extends mask mandate

Covid Masks

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

On Tuesday evening, the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education approved an extension of the mask mandate from now through Oct. 6. Superintendent Mike Daria recommends the mandate stay in place due to the rising COVID-19 cases throughout TCS.

“As much as we would like to do long-term planning, it is hard to do so,” said Dr. Daria. “So the ability to have small checkpoints will allow us to do that.”

The goal for this extension is to keep staff and students safe from the spread of COVID-19 and the delta variant. TCS recommends a few ways to ensure safe learning environments, such as keeping sick students home, contacting the school if a child is sick and encouraging appropriate hygiene practices.

If your child is exposed to COVID-19 and tests positive, you will be notified by the school nurse or principal. Parents will receive a letter or phone call and their child will be required to quarantine.

For further information on quarantining, please contact ADPH or your child’s pediatrician.

TCS has also implemented a TCS Covid Tracker, which allows you to keep track of real-time COVID-19 data and trends throughout the school system.

For more updates on the mask extension, please visit online here to keep up with the latest information and news.

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