Vermillion School District issues mask mandate for middle school, high school

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 10:55 AM CST
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VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) - Students and staff at Vermillion, South Dakota’s high school and middle school are required to wear masks for the next two weeks.

Starting Monday, the Vermillion School District Superintendent says all students, teachers, staff and visitors to their district’s high school and middle school will be required to wear masks. For now, the requirement is set to end on Jan. 24.

The superintendent says the reason for the mandate is that 1.5% of the high school and middle school building populations have tested positive for the virus. In the district’s return to school plan, it states when that happens masks are to be required for a two-week period and until the caseload is below 1.5%.

Currently, the district is reporting ten COVID-19 cases at the high school and six cases at the middle school. Those cases include both students and staff.

Both of the elementary schools in the district, Jolley and Austin, are reporting three cases each among the staff and students. Because of their low case count, masks are only optional at the elementary schools.

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