Martinsville school officials requiring masks for students, staff based on CDC guidance


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday afternoon, Martinsville City Public Schools shared their “Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services” for the 2021-2022 school year on social media, including the district’s plan for masks.

“The safety and health of our students and staff remain a priority for Martinsville City Public Schools, and we will continue to be cautious in our approach moving forward in the opening of the 2021-2022 school year due to COVID-19 pandemic. This plan is designed to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Delta variant and other mutations,” Martinsville school officials said in the plan shared on Tuesday, Aug. 3. “The Superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools will change the delivery of instruction, when necessary, throughout the school year based on the current conditions in the local area through the advice of local health officials.”

According to the school district, PreK through 12th grade students will return to the classroom on Monday, Aug. 9 for five days a week of face-to-face instruction.

Based on the latest guidance from the CDC, Martinsville City Public Schools says masks will be required for all students and staff at school and on buses. There will also be plexiglass barriers between students for breakfast and lunch in the dining areas.

Furthermore, school officials will enforce three feet of social distancing between students in the classroom, as well as six feet of distancing between adults and between adults and students.

For more information about Martinsville’s back-to-school plan, school supply lists, bus routes, and more, click here.

In addition, the school district shared a link to “Back to School Pointers,” a virtual panel hosted by Patrick & Henry Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 3 in order to answer questions about the start of the new academic year for Martinsville City, Henry County, and Patrick County Public Schools.

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