New year brings new mask rules to Superior School District

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 9:20 PM CST
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SUPERIOR, WI (KBJR) - Superior School District started their spring semester Monday with an optional mask policy.

As of Monday, January 3, 2022, the district had recorded 30 new positive cases in their return from winter break.

In comparison, coming out of Thanksgiving break, they recorded 60 new positive cases.

The week before break, that number fell to just six.

“As we looked at the data in December and as students were now eligible for the vaccine, we made the decision that for students it is now optional at the elementary level to wear masks,” said Amy Starzecki, District Administrator for Superior Schools.

Starzecki maintained the district’s transmission rate is still significantly lower than the community rate.

She said they base their decisions on district rates.

“If our COVID cases do increase over the weeks and months ahead, we may adjust that plan again,” she said.

She also said now that all ages are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, they felt comfortable lifting the mask mandate.

Their COVID plan contains several strategies to respond to a potential rise in cases.

That could include adjusting quarantine strategy and contact tracing or even re-implementing a mask requirement.

“There are lots of layers to our COVID plan that we could adjust if we see an increase in cases in school,” said Starzecki.

She said the district will continue to monitor and consider case data and local health recommendations.

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