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Beginning Jan. 25, face masks no longer mandatory based on Dashboard data threshold

During the Monday, Jan. 24 Maize Board of Education Special Meeting, board members voted 5-2 to approve a change to the district’s COVID-19 Mitigation Measures: Masking Criteria. Beginning immediately at school on Tuesday, Jan. 25, face masks will no longer be mandatory when 3 percent or more of the students in the school/building are considered COVID-19 positive. This means that face mask requirements that were put in place recently are now lifted, and face masks are optional at all schools. Face masks will continue to be required in these situations:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks on all school transportation, per federal mandate.
  • Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are observing an abbreviated isolation will be required to wear a face mask as described in the district’s COVID Case Protocol Flow Chart.

  • Students and employees will be required to wear a face mask upon returning to work/school if they have a household contact who has COVID, according to the COVID Case Protocol Flow Chart. They are considered a high-risk contact because of continuous exposure in the home.

Anyone who still wishes to wear a face mask to school/work will be welcome to do so.

Other elements of mitigation and policy remain unchanged, including:

  • Students and employees should continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and should not come to school/work if they are experiencing symptoms.

  • Students and employees should stay home and off the school bus while they await COVID test results.

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 still must be isolated at home for a minimum of five days after the onset of symptoms. Additionally, you must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication and feeling well for at least 24 hours before returning to school/work following the COVID Case Protocol Flow Chart.

Staff members will work in the coming days to update the district’s Together Again resource web page to reflect the changes.

While the district’s COVID-19 daily rapid testing clinic remains closed until further notice pending a supply shortage, the Sedgwick County Health Department has a new testing location at 777 E. Waterman St. in downtown Wichita and continues to operate its testing site at 4115 E. Harry St. in Wichita. Please click here for hours and additional information.

Board members also voted 4-3 to turn water fountains in schools back on, though students are still encouraged to use water bottles or cups at school.