Dale County School system to lift its mask mandate following the end of Gov. Ivey’s; masks encouraged

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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Dale County School students will no longer be required to wear their masks following the end of Gov. Kay Ivey’s statewide mask mandate.

Effective Monday, April 12, students, employees, and guests will instead be strongly encouraged to wear their masks.

In a statement, the school system said “ Wearing facial coverings is a proven method in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”

However, starting Monday, April 12, facial coverings will no longer be a requirement for employees, students, and guests. According to the school system, everyone “should take personal responsibility in making a decision about wearing facial coverings to protect their health.”

Although the school system is lifting its mask mandate, it emphasized its ability to reinstate the mask requirement at any time due to new mandates or potential outbreaks.

In addition, the school system said it will maintain current COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing, hand washing, and sanitization.

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