Geneva City Schools issue temporary mask mandate

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — On Wednesday, masks will be required for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors in Geneva City Schools, according to a press release from Geneva City Board of Education and Superintendent of Geneva City Schools, Ron Snell.

Effective Wednesday, August 18, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear face masks/facial coverings while indoors. The mask requirement will run through September 3. Below you can read what Superintendent Ron Snell has said about the situation.

“At which point, we will reevaluate our positivity rates and either cancel the mandate or extend it for a limited period of time. The only exceptions to the mask requirement are when eating or drinking, and/or when exercising or engaged in an athletic/extracurricular school activity where social distancing cannot be maintained. We do not see this as a permanent change but a bridge back to normalcy.

Our community overwhelmingly agrees that it is best for students to attend school face to face. And, this is a priority for us. Geneva City Schools, however, currently has more than 25% of its students at home from either a positive COVID test or as a result of a close contact. Further, it is clear from our medical experts (local, state, and national) that we have yet reached peak positivity. If we continue on our current course, 25% will become 50% of our students at home. This results in a tremendous strain on every part of the Panther family, students, teachers and families. We need to attempt a mandatory mask requirement before moving to far more disruptive methods.

I urge you to support this decision. Please help us by encouraging your students to comply with this mask order for the next few weeks. We can not get to where we all want to go unless we work together. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to get through the next few weeks.”

 Superintendent of Geneva City Schools, Mr. Ron Snell

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