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Upshur County Schools: Face coverings required at start of 2021-2022 school year

PRESS RELEASE from: Upshur County Schools
Date: August 11, 2021

TENNERTON — On Tuesday, Aug. 10, the Upshur County Board of Education voted to require all staff and students to wear a face covering as a mitigation strategy.

The board will revisit the requirement during their meeting on August 24, 2021. Everyone in our Upshur County School District will begin school by wearing a face covering if they are indoors, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. Schools will continue to follow COVID safety measures. This decision was made as Upshur County continues to see high levels of COVID cases.

This week, Upshur County reports the highest level of cases in the state of West Virginia.

Dr. Jeffery Harvey, Director of Safety and Preparedness reports, “We are also going to continue many of the same mitigation strategies that were in place last year such as cleaning classrooms, touchpoints, cleaning school buses every day and washing hands frequently. These strategies have been shown to keep our students and staff safe.”

Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus commented, “We are so glad to have our students and staff back in school face-to-face. Our students need to be in the classroom and in school. The health, well-being and education of our students are our top priority.”

The face covering requirement will be reviewed at the board meeting on Tuesday, August 24, 7 p.m. at Buckhannon Upshur High School.

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