Henry County Schools to keep mask policy for rest of school year

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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Ivey issued the statewide mask mandate in June of last year which was just two months before the first semester of the school year started.

Although it was a major adjustment, Superintendent Lori Beasley says the masks helped keep the schools open all school year.

“We are really not seeing any cases right now we have been very fortunate here at Henry County Schools to not have, there have been a couple of spikes most of that was right there after thanksgiving and first semester,” Beasley said.

Beasley said the second semester of school has been pleasant as officials haven’t seen any major spikes in cases. Plus, with school employees getting vaccinated, she believes those vaccinations prevented more cases.

On Friday, the mask mandate will end for the state of Alabama but what will happen at Henry County Schools?

“We’ve been successful in henry county so we do want to keep a lot of the same things we have been doing throughout the year so the thing we are planning to do is that no mask have to be worn while they are in their classroom working and doing instruction but when they move from class to class we ask that they put their mask on when traveling,” She said.

Beasley said other precautions will remain in place such as social distancing and having hand sanitizing stations throughout the school. She’s very appreciative of parents, staff, and students working together to have a successful school year.

As of now, there are no plans for next school year.

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