Masks strongly recommended, not required at Bath County Public Schools

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(Photo: Courtesy Piqsels/eflon/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

BATH COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Bath County school officials outlined their back-to-school protocols for the fall semester on Wednesday, including a recommendation for students and staff members to wear face coverings and, if eligible, get vaccinated.

When the new school year starts on Wednesday, Aug. 18, Bath County Public Schools plans to strongly encourage — but not mandate — students and staff to wear masks indoors, according to the documents approved by the school board.

However, either on or before the first day of school, parents/guardians are required to submit a form authorizing their children to opt-out of wearing masks. Without a signed copy of this permission slip, students will need to wear masks.

In addition, the school district says passengers and drivers need to wear masks on school buses and other school vehicles. Temperature checks will also be conducted at the schools’ entrances.

In addition to masks and temperature checks, the school district’s safety protocols include daily home health screenings, social distancing, hand washing, respiratory etiquette, air purifiers, and cleaning and sanitizing.

You can read Bath County Public Schools’ “layered protocols” for fall 2021 below:

School officials say these mitigation strategies are subject to change based on an executive order from Gov. Ralph Northam, a public health order by the State Health Commissioner, and/or a high level community disease transmission.

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