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All Maize USD 266 schools now following updated masking criteria policy

Following changes approved by the Maize Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Oct. 11, all schools district-wide will follow the updated masking criteria policy, also adopted during the meeting.

The district’s COVID dashboard data will be evaluated weekly on Fridays to determine whether face masks will be required temporarily in any school in the future following the masking criteria. 

Monday, Oct. 11 was the final school day for the temporary face mask requirement that began Sept. 8 for the district’s elementary and intermediate schools. Those schools now also will be on an as-needed basis for face masks as the district’s middle and high schools have been since mid-September. The criteria policy states that schools will be assigned a face mask requirement when 6 percent or more of students in the school/building are considered impacted by COVID-19 and will remain under that policy for two weeks pending case evaluation. Those considered impacted include students with a positive COVID case or who are high-risk close contacts.

Board members also approved a change to the district-wide masking criteria on Oct. 11. The 6 percent threshold has been reviewed weekly on Friday afternoons based on data from the most recent two weeks of school. Moving forward, the data will be reviewed based instead on only the most recent week of school.

Beginning in mid-September, the district began to permit students and employees with proof of COVID vaccination to be exempt from face mask requirements, when they are in place. Board members on Oct. 11 agreed to expand this exemption to also allow students and employees with proof of a positive COVID test in the past six months to opt out of face mask requirements. Families and employees must follow the process communicated by the district to upload proof of COVID vaccination or positive text in the past six months.

Please also note that:

  • Face masks will continue to be required on school transportation per federal mandate.
  • Any student or staff member who chooses to wear a face mask because of personal preference or out of an abundance of caution may continue to do so.
  • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged but not required for those who are eligible, according to the USD 266 COVID Mitigation Guidelines 2021-2022.
  • The district will keep all face mask requirements updated on the Together Again page.