A Tuscaloosa County elementary school has issued a temporary mask mandate after COVID-19 infection rates in two classrooms peaked at 30%.

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Big Sandy Elementary School will require students, faculty, staff and anyone who enters the school to wear a face mask beginning Friday, August 27. The announcement was made Thursday as school leaders also addressed two classroom-wide quarantines.

While the percentage of COVID-19 positives at BSE remains at about one percent schoolwide, the infection rate has risen to approximately 20 – 30 percent in two of our classrooms. Students and teachers in those two classes will quarantine for the next six school days, as a measure to limit possible exposure to additional students. Members of the two affected classes have been contacted directly. If you did not receive direct communication about this, your student’s class is not included in the quarantine.

The temporary mask mandate is in effect through Friday, September 3, and masks remain optional for the rest of the Tuscaloosa County School System.

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