Geary Co. schools to require masks inside

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 8:01 AM CDT
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GEARY CO., Kan. (WIBW) - The Geary County School District will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks inside their facilities and on school buses, regardless of a person’s vaccination status.

USD 475′s Board of Education made the decision Monday night. The change goes into effect immediately and will be re-evaluated at a board meeting on October 8th.

As COVID-19 cases rapidly increase in Geary County, the district said they felt the change would protect their students, staff, and overall community.

”We also just have been noticing what’s been going on in our surrounding areas, some of our neighboring school districts, larger districts are also requiring the masks and I think it’s all in an effort just to keep everyone safe,” USD 475 Superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston said.

“That is the best thing and the best action to take place regardless if you’ve been vaccinated or not,” Eggleston added.

However, the new policy does allow vaccinated students and staff exposed to COVID-19 to take a coronavirus test to stay at school. The district said they will release more information on the testing plan by August 11.

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