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School system changes policy on masks effective Monday

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Through its Facebook page, the Putnam County Charter School System announced Friday afternoon that, beginning on Monday, Nov. 8, the requirement for all students and employees to wear face coverings in buildings and on buses will be changed to "strongly encouraged."

Before the 2021-22 school year began, the system's Back to School plan in mid-July was going with a strongly encouraged policy on face coverings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic but changed it to mandatory one week before the first day of school Aug. 6. This is because later in the month the number of COVID-19 cases in Putnam County was significantly increasing.

"Due to the improving Covid situation, our return to school plan has been adjusted," the Facebook post says. "Our district wants everyone to continue practicing safety protocols including handwashing, social distancing when possible and self-monitoring of symptoms. If you are sick please stay home. Our district safety committee will continue to monitor Covid-19 and if conditions change, the district may have to adjust our return to school plan in the future."