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Masks no longer required, only recommended in Rankin Co. schools

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 2:27 PM CDT
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RANKIN CO., Miss. (WLBT) - Masks are no longer a requirement, but a recommendation for students inside Rankin County School District.

The district’s board of education voted Wednesday to change its current mask mandate.

Last month, the district voted to require masks until the end of September.

The decision is based on the improved COVID-19 statistics over the last four weeks, the district says.

The mandate update is still subject to change based on information from state health officials.

“The RCSD will continue to monitor and adjust plans for the health and safety of our students and employees throughout the school year. We will consult the guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health and will follow Governor Executive Orders as decisions are made.”

Sharon Patrick, Public Relations Director for the Rankin County School District, also released this statement:

The Rankin County Board of Trustees voted today to remove the mask mandate and return to the Smart Restart Plan dated August 2, 2021 which states masks are not required but “highly recommended”. Masks will still be required on all buses due to the inability to social distance. (See website.) We have been monitoring school, district, and county data to determine our next steps. Since the August 25 board meeting, our number of positive and quarantined students and staff have trended down over the last four weeks. Thank you to our students, faculties, and parents for your dedication to keeping all safe which has been instrumental in our numbers improving. We will continue to monitor the data in order to make future decisions related to keeping our students and faculties as safe as possible.

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