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MSD of North Posey creating plans for upcoming school year

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:39 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:31 PM CDT
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POSEY CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Students at the Metropolitan School District of North Posey will head back to the classroom next month.

They released their tentative plans a few weeks ago, but some of those plans are changing as we are a little more than two weeks away from the start of school.

At this time, all desk dividers have been removed to allow students to interact, but they say custodians will continue with heightened cleaning procedures.

With every decision they make, health officials are involved.

The school district originally said face masks will be optional.

When we met with the superintendent on Wednesday, he told us that is still the plan unless COVID-19 cases start popping up within their schools.

They say if they hit 5% positive COVID-19 cases, they will make a decision on whether or not masks will be required.

If they hit a 10% positive COVID-19 cases, they will consider virtual instruction.

They are also working to keep athletes safe.

“We’re going to be continuing with the temperature checks of our athletes before practices and games. A lot of the surge or contact tracing we saw last year came through our athletics, so we felt like that would be a good proactive response going into this school year as well,” said Michael Galvin, superintendent of North Posey Schools

The Posey County Health Department is also reporting COVID cases are on the rise and the Delta variant is dominant in the community.

The school district says they are in constant communication with the health department about their plans that can change at any time.

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The MSD of Mt. Vernon announced masks will also be optional in school but required on buses.

Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine unless they test positive.

Non-vaccinated students will be required to quarantine if exposed.

School starts in Mt. Vernon on August 10.

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