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Wayne County imposes mask mandate for K-12 students, staff

Kids wearing masks at computers
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The Wayne County Public Health Department issued a new order Friday mandating local school districts, schools and daycare providers require students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a face mask while in school and during school-sponsored indoor events.The order takes effect immediately and applies to all students, staff, employees and visitors at public, private and parochial educational settings, including daycare centers, throughout Wayne County, regardless of vaccination status.

Specifically, today’s order directs schools and daycare providers to:

  • Require indoor wearing of face masks for all pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students, regardless of their vaccine status; and,
  • Require face masks be worn indoors by all teachers, administrative staff, other employees, parents and guardians, attendees, and volunteers.

Last week, Wayne County Public Health officials issued “strong recommendations” that all school districts implement a COVID-19 safety plan that includes a universal mask requirement.

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