Lexington City School Board approves revised ‘Return to Learn Plan,’ including universal mask mandate

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Members of the Lexington City School Board voted Wednesday night in favor of an updated “Return to Learn Plan” featuring a revised masking policy that follows the current guidelines from the CDC.

According to Lexington City Schools, masks will be universally required for all students, staff, teachers and visitors at K-12 schools, no matter their vaccination status. This marks a shift from the school district’s previous plan published on July 27.

This mask requirement also applies to all back-to-school events scheduled before school starts on Tuesday, Aug. 17, such as the Lylburn Downing Middle School orientation events on Friday, Aug. 13.

In addition, school officials modified the rules for shuttle bus services, saying that regular bus capacity will be allowed, but all riders and the driver must wear a face covering while on the bus due to CDC mask mandates for public transportation.

The school district also updated the definitions of contact tracing, which are listed below:

  • In the K-12 school setting, a student is not considered a close contact if the student is at least three to six feet away from a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 if both students are wearing masks and other school mitigation measures are in place. The current mitigation measures are expected to minimize the need to quarantine students.
  • The previous definition of “close contact” still applies for adults, which means that if an adult is less than six feet away from another person for a total of 15 minutes of a 24 hour period, the adult is considered a close contact.
    However, if an adult is fully vaccinated, that adult does not have to quarantine, but does need to wear a mask for the next 14 days and take a coronavirus test three to five days after exposure. If that test is negative, the adult may return to normal activities, but if the test is positive, the adult needs to isolate.
  • Lexington City Schools will continue to communicate with staff members and families whenever a positive coronavirus case is discovered within the district.

“LCS will continue to update our plans throughout the school year as guidelines/recommendations or local data necessitate change,” Lexington City Schools wrote in the Return to Learn Plan. “We will communicate these updates with families as they occur.”

You can read the entire Return to Learn Plan approved by the Lexington City School Board on Wednesday, Aug. 11 below:

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