Jackson Public Schools lifts the mask mandate as COVID-19 cases fall
Jackson Public Schools lifts the mask mandate as COVID-19 cases fall

Jackson Public Schools lifts the mask mandate as COVID-19 cases fall

JACKSON, MI – With COVID-19 cases falling within Jackson county and in the school district, Jackson Public Schools has revoked its mask mandate with effect from Monday, February 14th.

JPS inspector Jeff Beal announced the announcement Friday, noting that masks would be optional in the classroom. Beal added that the mask mandate is still valid on school buses as the CDC continues to require masks on all public transportation including school buses.

“I am pleased to report that JPS, like the county, continues to see a low number of positive cases among both staff and students,” Beal said. “We appreciate your support in keeping your student and yourself home from school when you are not feeling well. That effort has been a huge help to the district.”

From 11 Feb. JPS reported 10 COVID-19 cases among students and four cases among staff, with just seven close contacts among students throughout the district. The MI Safe Start map shows that Jackson County still has high transmission levels with 345 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants a week from 4 to 10 February. That number fell steadily, however, from about 1,807 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week of January 15-21.

Beal said Jackson Public Schools will continue its current COVID-19 protocol with a 5-day recommended quarantine period for students and staff who are unvaccinated and named as close contacts to positive cases.

This means that students can opt out of 5-day quarantine if you choose, regardless of their vaccination status, as long as they do not await COVID-19 test results, have symptoms or feel sick. All positive COVID-19 cases must still be quarantined for 5 days.

“As always, I will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases both in the district and around the county and return to a mask mandate if we see a significant increase in positive cases,” Beal said.

JPS had started the year by making masks optional in the classroom and reinstating a mandate when COVID-19 cases rise. The latest mask mandate has been in place since November.

This last week, pseveral county health departments throughout the state announced plans to end mask mandates in the classroom. Masking indoors and in crowded environments is still recommended by the CDC, MDHHS and other health authorities and is required per. public transportincluding school buses.


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