Alcorn County students will return to school in two weeks with few restrictions.
Face masks will not be required to be worn by students or staff regardless of vaccination status at Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth even as local cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant increase. School begins on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Superintendent Brandon Quinn presented the Board of Education with his recommendations for a safe return during Monday night’s meeting.
Moreover, Quinn said that rumors of the district requiring all students and staff to be vaccinated before returning to school were untrue.
“To me, that is a family decision ... a personal decision – not a school district decision,” he said.
While face masks aren’t required, Quinn said the district would encourage those who have not been fully vaccinated to wear one. Face masks could also become a requirement for all students or unvaccinated students at any time.
An informal survey conducted with the community helped determine Quinn’s recommendations.
Of 1,091 responses received, over 90 percent said no to requiring all students and staff to wear a mask. More than 65 percent said the school district should not offer vaccination shots, while 81 percent said they would not be in favor of the school district solely offering virtual school.
The district’s Safe Return policy states potential school closures could result in a hybrid model that involves alternating days of physical attendance and distance learning and a full distance learning model with students not attending school.
Staff or students that test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and may return after being symptom-free for 24 hours. Any unvaccinated person in “close contact” with an individual that has tested positive for the virus must also quarantine for 10 days.
Elevated cases within a group or classroom may require extensive quarantine including the dismissal of classes, buildings or the entire school.
City school officials met Monday night to determine Corinth’s return to school policy.