Masks now optional for Lee County Schools in Alabama

School crossing sign with face masks on students.
School crossing sign with face masks on students.(Associated Press)
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 10:02 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - Starting tomorrow, Lee County Schools are switching to a mask optional policy.

The announcement came at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

This announcement also comes just two months after the Lee County School District made masking mandatory in August.

Superintendent Mac McCoy says the district has nearly 5,000 students and over 1,300 staff members. While the policy was changed on campus, he says there is still one mask requirement.

“We still have to have masks on buses and that’s due to the mask transit mandate that was issued back in the summertime,” says McCoy.

McCoy also says there are between 25 and 30 positive cases among students and staff within the school district.
With that number getting as high as 1,200 at one point, he says both he and parents are happy those numbers have finally gone down.

The district said that plan would be in place until further notice, and added the change was due to a drop in cases.

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