Dubois County Schools Adopt New Mask Guidelines

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DUBOIS CO., Ind. (WFIE) – Starting October 4, all schools in Dubois will follow a set of new mask guidelines implemented locally.

The rule for masks will now be determined by the county’s color status according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

“We are currently still in Orange status here in Dubois County,” Dubois County Health Department Administrator Shawn Werner explained.

For the two highest levels, orange and red, masks will be mandatory for classrooms in schools where the positivity rate is greater than four.

They will be optional if there is less than 4% positivity.

Werner said it might be possible to get out of that range, as the county tended to drop on Friday during the latest wave of COVID.

“Hopefully if this one goes away another variation won’t appear and we won’t have another, but anyone can guess what will really happen,” Werner said.

If the county goes yellow or blue, masks will be optional in schools.

Werner said reaching this level requires help from the community.

“I think if people continue to take the advice and get vaccinated, hopefully we can bring it down to a more manageable level,” he said.

The new rules state that in some cases where an isolated group like a small class or small team has cases, they can choose to quarantine the group to avoid a school-wide mask warrant.

Werner recommends wearing a mask and following safety procedures, regardless of current school policy.

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