To mask or not to mask? List of school districts and their requirements

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(WFRV) – As the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces its agreements with the CDC’s recommendations, different school districts around Northeast Wisconsin are making announcements of their own.

Some of the CDC’s recommendations include wearing a mask in the following indoor settings:

  • All teachers, staff, students and visitors of K-12 schools should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in areas with substantial and high transmission should wear masks in public indoor settings.

Below are the following school districts and their decision on whether or not masks are required.

The decisions are subject to change at any time.

Appleton Area School Dist.

Masks are required for the next school year for the Appleton Area School District. This decision came following a public meeting on August 23. Protestors both for and against masking mandates gathered outside the building during the meeting.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors who are inside district buildings and using district transportation until Feb. 17. Using masks outside is still an option.

Ashwaubenon School Dist.

Masks will be required for students in grades K4 through 6th grade while students in grades 7 through 12th grade are recommended to wear masks. This decision resulted after the Ashwaubenon School District met for a board meeting on September 8.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, Ashwaubenon School District officials strongly recommend masks for students, staff, and visitors. They require face covering for students riding the bus.

Brillion Public Schools

Brillion Public School says everyone should wear face coverings in all public settings. This was last updated on their website on June 21, 2021.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the Brillion Public School District has given all students and staff the option to wear masks.

Diocese of Green Bay

Diocese of Green Bay says they will leave mask-wearing up to the discretion of the school or parent. The Office of Catholic Schools is asking that all schools adhere to the minimum requirements provided by the CDC. Schools will also be required to follow all local, county, state, and federal ordinances should any be issued. 

Fond du Lac School Dist.

In a board meeting on July 1, the Fond du Lac School District decided on making masks optional. This applies to staff, students, and visitors.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the Fond du Lac School District website shows mask-wearing is still optional. The July decision by the Board of Education continues.

Fox Valley Lutheran High School

According to the Fox Valley Lutheran High School’s back-to-school 2021-22 guidelines, masks are optional.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, masks are optional, as seen in the 2021-2022 guideline found on the school’s website.

Gibraltar School Dist.

In the District’s Reopening Handbook for 2021-22, it says students grades K-6 and all students riding a bus are required to wear a mask. Students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to wear one. Employees around grades K-6 and employees riding the bus are required to wear a face mask. Unvaccinated employees working with grades 7-12 are encouraged.

Green Bay Area School Dist.

During a special meeting on August 18, the School Board voted 7 to nothing to require masks for students and faculty, effective August 23.

On Aug. 31, The GBASD announced changes to their visitor policies, specifically mentioning media partners. Visitors’ approval will be at the District’s discretion.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, face coverings are required for students, staff, and visitors in Green Bay Area School District schools. Masks are optional outside, but district officials are recommending wearing surgical face coverings instead of cloth ones.

Howard-Suamico School Dist.

Officials in the Howard-Suamico School District say face coverings will remain optional for students and staff for the 2021-22 school year. However, face-coverings are required for students who choose to ride the bus.

As of Sept. 20, all Howard-Suamico School District students and staff in grades K-6 are required to wear a mask at school. Officials say this will remain until Thursday, Nov. 4.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, there is a requirement for masks at Lineville Intermediate School from Jan. 14-28. District officials say they will likely put in place a two-week mask requirement if there is over a 3% positivity rate in a school.

Kaukauna Area School Dist.

According to the Kaukauna Area School District Superintendent, masking will be optional for all of their students.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, masks continue to be optional per the Kaukauna Area School District website.

Kewaunee School Dist.

On the Kewaunee School District website, masks are strongly recommended for both students and staff.

Kimberly Area School Dist.

According to an email, the Kimberly Area School District will require masks indoors for all students, staff, and visitors. This will be effective starting September 1. The Board will review the decision later this fall and will continue to monitor the COVID situation.

As of Jan. 13, 2022masking is optional for students in grades 7-12 and grades 4K-6. If a building reaches a 2% student covid positivity rate, the website states masks will be required for 14 days.

Little Chute Area School Dist.

During a Board of Education meeting on July 26, the Board decided masks will be optional. This is their current plan regarding face coverings this coming school season. 

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the Little Chute Area School District website states if you are feeling unwell you are urged to wear a mask. If you are feeling healthy, you do not need to wear one.

Luxemburg-Casco School District

Luxemburg-Casco School Dist.

Luxemburg-Casco School District emailed the district’s plan for the 2021-2022 school year. Masks will be optional for students and staff.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the district’s plan continues with masks being optional. However, masks are required on school buses.

Manitowoc Public School Dist.

The Manitowoc School Board decided to leave masking changes up to the District’s Superintendent. He says his decision will be that all students and staff will be required to wear a face mask for the upcoming school year.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the district will continue to require face coverings while students, staff, and visitors are indoors, per an update published on Jan. 12.

Menasha Joint School Dist.

In a May 4 Parent Communication document for the Menasha Joint School District, masks will still be required for students and staff at school.

As of Aug. 10, Local 5 spoke to the Superintendent of the Menasha Joint School District and learned that students in Pre-K through 6th grade must wear a mask. However, making is optional for students in grades 7 through 12. They say the masking policy could possibly change in the future.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the most recent Parent Communication sent out in December says masks are required. However, the Board says they will review the requirement again in early January.

Neenah Joint School Dist.

During a meeting, the Neenah Joint School District decided that masks would be optional in school as long as indicators of COVID-19 in the District remain low. Masks may be required in certain situations.

As of Aug. 25, all students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks to start the school year. After two weeks of school on September 10, case numbers among students and staff will be looked at to see if masks will still be required.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, a message sent to families at the end of December says masks will be optional. However, if the school reaches 2% of its students out with positive cases of COVID-19, the release says all students and staff will be required to wear masks for at least 10 calendar days.

Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy

In an August 5 announcement, the Principle of Notre Dame Academy says the school will require masks to be worn regardless of vaccination status. This includes parents, grandparents, friends, students, etc.

As of Jan. 13, 2022, the COVID-19 Dashboard on the district’s website says all students should be masked in school.

Oconto Falls School Dist.

According to the Oconto Falls School District Superintendent, masks will be optional when they go back to face-to-face learning environments in the 2021-22 school year.

As of Jan. 14, 2022, masks will continue to be optional, but they are encouraged to be worn.

Oshkosh Area School Dist.

In a release, the OASD has revised their COVID-19 protocols and included optional face coverings and a regular review process throughout the school year.

As of Aug. 20, OASD says they will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings inside all district buildings. This goes into effect starting Aug. 23 through Oct. 1. OASD Superintendent Bryan Davis released a video about the new measures.

As of Jan. 14, 2022, a video released on the OASD youtube channel has Superintendent Davis announcing the face-covering requirement will be extended from Jan. 14 to Jan. 28.

School Dist. of West De Pere

During an August 18 meeting, the West De Pere School Board voted 4 to 1 to make masking optional for everyone in the school district.

As of Sept. 29, masking will be required for grades 4k through six in the West De Pere School District, beginning Oct. 1.

As of Jan. 14, 2022, the district’s website shows masking is optional in grades 4K-6 and 7-12.

Seymour Community School Dist.

On August 30, Seymour Community School District announced that optional masking will be in place as the school year starts. It was also mentioned that if a masking requirement is needed they expect it to be at the classroom level for 4K-5 and the school level for 6th-12th grades.

As of Jan. 14, 2022, all students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask per the school district’s website.

Unified School Dist. of De Pere

Effective June 9, and into the 2021-2022 school year, the School Board announced masks will be optional in all school buildings and property.

As of Jan. 14, 2022, the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard says grades 4k-6 should continue to wear masks at all times until further notice.

Winneconne Community School Dist.

The Winneconne School Board says masks will be optional for students riding school buses and attending in-person classes.

As of Jan. 14, 2022, it is unclear if masking is required at this moment, but the Learning Plan for 2021-22, accessed through the district’s COVID Dashboard, says, “If one or more WCSD school buildings has 3% of their student population being COVID positive, a 14 calendar day masking requirement will be put in place immediately.   If after 14 calendar days, the % positive is below 3%, then masking would become optional.”

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