ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Enterprise City School leaders have decided to keep their mask mandate even after Gov. Kay Ivey’s statewide mandate ends on April 9.
In a statement released to WDHN, Superintendent Greg Faught said:
In order to create the safest school environments possible, Enterprise City Schools staff, students over six years old and visitors will continue to wear facial coverings inside its buildings until further notice. Leading public health officials have been consulted and the overwhelming recommendation is that facial coverings should continue to be worn inside schools. Further, CDC guidelines still recommend facial coverings while in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While differing views are considered along with the frustration associated with facial coverings, we cannot in good conscience abandon the safety protocols that have allowed us to remain open since August. We look forward to a safe and successful ending to the school year.
But the school board’s decision goes directly against the wishes of two Enterprise students and their father.
“Students are tired of wearing the masks” said Enterprise senior, Wesley Johnson.
According to Wesley, Enterprise students lost out on a lot of normal school activities.
“No pep rallies, no prom, no homecoming, and no school dances,” Johnson said.
According to Johnson, by removing the mask mandate, students could experience a sense of normalcy.
“Lifting these masks mandate would let us have more activities and stuff and let us have like homecoming and prom,” Wesley said.
Wesley’s father, Billy, told WDHN, thanks to the board’s latest decision, students will continue missing out on lifetime memories.
“Especially events like graduation and allowing more than the greater attendance so that more than just students parents,” parent, Billy said.
ECS’s current mask mandate will last until the end of 2020-2021 school year.