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Tuscaloosa City Schools to Decide on Mask Mandate


Tuscaloosa schools could soon see a change in policy on COVID-19. Tuscaloosa City School system will vote on whether or not to end its mask mandate for their campuses tomorrow. The move comes as COVID cases have started to decline in recent weeks. TCS schools planned on having an optional mask policy as the school year got underway. But they imposed the mandate in response to the rise of the Delta variant. Dr. Mike Daria is the TCS Superintendent. He said the school system is in a better place with COVID than it was at the start of the academic year.

“When we opened the school year, we were seeing a number of positive cases being reported to us. Today we have one employee, which is 0.07 percent of our total employee group. And we have 27 students, which is 0.24 percent of our entire student population.”

He said assuming the mandate is revoked and cases started to rise again, the policy could be reinstated.

“If, when we ever saw a spike or another – like we even saw last winter, you then - yes, go back to any mitigation strategy that may have a positive impact, which would potentially mean putting masks back on.”

One Tuscaloosa teacher is positive for COVID-19 along with 27 students out of the entire school system.

Will McLelland is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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