Lee County Schools: Face Masks Now Mandatory, Two Schools Go Virtual


Schools in Lee County have been open since August 9. Already, there have been enough cases of COVID-19 for the school principal to take action.

School superintendent Dr. James “Mac” McCoy said that during the first week of school, August 9-13, there were 105 cases of COVID-19 in schools. In just two days of the second week, August 16-17, there were 88 more.

This was despite the recommendation of face masks, social distancing and taking other precautions.

McCoy said in a statement that in an effort to remain open to in-person learning, face masks would be required from everyone inside all facilities from Monday, August 23. This will be in effect until further notice.

Additionally, at Beulah Elementary School and Wacoochee Elementary School, students will switch to virtual learning starting Monday, August 23, for one week. Teachers who are not COVID-19 positive or in quarantine will report to school buildings. Extra-curricular activities have been canceled.

McCoy says the school system will monitor guidelines from the East Alabama Medical Center, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control to guide their next steps.

Elsewhere in Lee County, schools in the town of Auburn and schools in the town of Opelika already require face masks.

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