Roanoke Catholic School recommends indoor masking for students, teachers, staff, and visitors

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools released its mask guidance and return to school policy for Roanoke Catholic School.

The Office of Catholic Schools announced that they will recommend rather than mandate indoor masking for all individuals age 2 and older, including students, teachers, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

This decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidance for schools on Thursday, Aug. 5.

“Last year at this time, there was a lot of uncertainty as we prepared for the opening of school. Our plans worked, and we had a very successful and safe academic year during the height of the pandemic. I am looking forward to another successful and safe school year,” said Kelly Lazzara, Superintendent of Schools at Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools.

There is an exception regarding bus transportation. The CDC guidance states that maks are required on school buses. The school will require masks to be worn by both drivers and all students regardless of vaccination status. This also includes busing to sporting events and field trips.

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