Flint students will start the new school year masked by district

With a month or more left for summer vacation for most, the Flint Community School District is planning the start of another school year with an announcement that could draw mixed reviews.

On Thursday, July 21, the district released a letter to families regarding the 2022-2023 school year. Although many area schools are about a month away from the official start, Flint students will return to class on Wednesday, August 3. Returning to class earlier is not what people are talking about, but the requirement noted for all Flint Community School buildings at the start of the year.

In a letter to families, Flint Community Schools Superintendent Kevelin Jones announced that all students and staff will start the new year with a face mask requirement in place. According to the letter, this is only temporary, but no end date for the requirement was given.

“Schools across the country have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases after extended breaks, and Flint Community Schools are no different. Based on our experiences over the past year, we are taking additional steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our school community,” Jones wrote.

The letter went on to say Superintendent Jones would provide more updates in the coming weeks regarding the mask requirement.

You can read the full letter below.

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