Baldwin County Schools Stop Encouraging, Start Mandating Masks

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With Baldwin County re-entering a state of substantial spread of the coronavirus, K-12 students will be required to mask up in the classroom.


The Baldwin County School District will require students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside all district buildings and on school buses beginning Wednesday, August 10. The mask mandate will be in effect regardless of vaccinations status.


Last week, School administrators started the new year strongly encouraging masks indoors and requiring them on buses.


But in a recorded message to parents, Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Noris Price explained the change in approach.


“This decision is based on outdated information regarding the spread of the delta of areas,” she said. “The increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Baldwin County and the change in the community transmission level from moderate to substantial spread.”


With 56 confirmed COVID cases reported over the weekend, Baldwin County is experiencing transmission rates approaching those last seen during the third wave of the pandemic in January.


In her message, Superintendent Price stressed masking as an important tool in fighting the spread of COVID 19.


“We all have the obligation to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools in our community,” Price said.  “We are all in this together.”