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Madison County schools move to mandatory masks inside buildings

The change is part of the district's 'Ready, Set, Forward' plan to manage COVID-19.

MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA, Ala. — Madison County Schools joins a growing list of districts in North Alabama requiring masking for students, staff, and visitors. 

Starting August 13, the schools will require everyone to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The decision was made in response to an increase in positive cases of COVID 19 throughout the Madison County School System.

The change comes as the district moves to Level 1 of its "Ready, Set, Forward" plan to manage COVID-19. The schools started the year at Level 0, which meant traditional (in-person) learning with masks optional but highly recommended. Level 2 is hybrid learning, when students attend school in person two days per week and three days by remote learning. Level 3, the highest level, is five-day-a-week remote learning.

According to a spokesperson for Madison County Schools, they will continue to evaluate the level of spread and determine the appropriate level(s) going forward.

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What are North Alabama school masking policies?

Albertville City Schools

On July 27, Albertville City Schools amended its COVID-19 reopening policies. Heading into the school year, masks will be optional. The district said this decision may change as the situation develops.

Arab City Schools

In a letter to parents on August 2, Arab City Schools announced it would require universal masking, including for those who are vaccinated, at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Athens City Schools

Athens City Schools on Monday, August 9, decided the masks will be required when indoors.

Boaz City Schools

Boaz City Schools will require people to wear masks while indoors and on busses.

Cullman City Schools

Masks will be optional at Cullman City Schools at this time.

Cullman County Schools

Masks will be optional at Cullman County Schools. Masks are required to be worn on busses.

Decatur City Schools

Outside of lower-elementary grade students, masks are to be worn at all times when social distancing is not possible at Decatur City Schools. The district's full reopening plan and safety guidelines can be found online.

DeKalb County Schools

Masks will be optional at DeKalb County Schools. Masks are required to be worn on busses.

Florence City Schools

Florence City Schools will require masks to be worn in schools grades K-6. Masks will be strongly encouraged in schools grades 7-12. 

Masks must be worn by everyone inside any K-6 school.

Guntersville City Schools

Masks will be optional at Guntersville City Schools.

Hartselle City Schools

Masks will be optional at Hartselle City Schools.

Huntsville City Schools

The Huntsville City Schools Board of Education announced on July 26 that it will require masks to be worn while indoors.

Jackson County School District

Masks will be optional at the Jackson County School District.

Jefferson County Schools

Masks will be optional at Jefferson County Schools.

Lauderdale County Schools

As of April 9, masks are optional at Lauderdale County Schools.

Limestone County Schools

Masks will be optional in Limestone County School buildings but will be required on busses.

Madison City Schools

On August 2, Madison City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols announced the district would require masks to be worn indoors and on busses.

Nichols said the district revised its previous plan to have masks be optional after the Alabama Department of Public Health issued updated guidance.

Madison County Schools

As of August 13, masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors inside buildings. This is Level 1 of the district's "Ready, Set, Forward" plan.

Marshall County Schools

Marshall County Schools' website does not have a reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

Morgan County Schools

No policy announced. 

Muscle Shoals City Schools

Masks will be optional at Muscle Shoals.

Scottsboro City Schools

Masks will be optional at Scottsboro City Schools.

Sheffield City Schools

Masks will be optional at Sheffield City Schools.

Tuscumbia City School District

Masks will be optional at the Tuscumbia City School District.