The Hale County Board of Education announced Thursday that all students, faculty, staff and visitors will still be required to wear masks for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

This requirement will mandate mask wear in all classrooms and school buildings, on buses, and anywhere on Hale County's educational campuses.

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The system announced the rule in a Thursday Facebook post.

This decision comes shortly after Tuscaloosa City Schools made the same choice to require mask wear for the rest of the school year, despite the state mandate ending Friday, April 9.

Tuscaloosa County Schools strayed from the other systems, allowing its students and personnel to go mask-free once the mandate expires. Those who still want to wear a mask will be allowed the freedom to do so, if they choose.

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