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DASD says masks optional for upcoming school year

Presented by Life North Western PA

DuBois, PA – Masks will be optional for students at DuBois Area School District this upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

The DuBois Area School District recently approved the new health and safety plan.


The plan says:

The DASD has considered the guidance and recommendations from the CDC related to universal and correct wearing of masks.

The DASD has determined that protective face coverings are effective but only one of many layers of COVID mitigation strategies.

The DASD will review recommendations from the CDC and determine if/how we can implement prevention and mitigation strategies to the greatest extent feasible based upon the needs of the school community.

All students and staff are required to follow all commonwealth face covering guidelines while on the bus. As per the Federal order issued in January 2021, the CDC requires face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, when on public transportation – this includes on school buses operated by public and private school systems.

However, a driver does not need to wear a face covering if they are the only person on the bus.

Protective face coverings will be permitted and provided to individuals that cannot self-provide.

Protective face coverings within school buildings will not be required unless mandated by the PDE/CDC/PA DOH or unless COVID outbreaks within the school are resulting in multiple temporary building closures.

In the event of COVID outbreaks that cannot be controlled through temporary closures for deep cleaning, the district may strongly encourage or require the use of protective face coverings. Updates reflective of new requirements will be provided to staff, students and families.

Click Here to read the DuBois Area School District Health and Safety Plan. Check page 3 for specific guidelines for masks.