LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Students in Winston County began the school year with no requirement to wear masks in classrooms, but that has since changed.
“It’s based on the safety needs of our students, and our facilities, and what’s the best for them to keep them in school,” Louisville Superintendent David Luke said on Thursday.
Louisville School District in Louisville, Mississippi. Photo Date: Aug. 12, 2021.
Luke is entering his second year as the superintendent of the Louisville Municipal School District.
He said it’s been a difficult start to this phase in his career, but one thing that wasn’t so tough was the decision to reinstate a mask mandate for the district.
“The mask issue was really, almost a no-brainer.”
With the resurgence of COVID-19, district leaders decided to bring back masks.
The new mandate requires students, faculty and visitors to wear masks at indoor events and on school buses.
To combat the spread, the district also takes temperatures, disinfects and uses seating charts.
Luke said he understands people don’t want to wear masks, but he feels it’s the right move at this time.
“As a school district, our ultimate goal is to get back to that open and traditional school format, and that is still our goal.”
Luke said district leaders plan to reevaluate the mask requirement on Sept. 14 to see if adjustments can be made.