Jackson County school leaders react to mask mandate in schools

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School leaders on the Coast are responding to the governor’s order to mandate mask wearing for students and teachers.

Originally students and staff returning to school in the Jackson County School District had the option of wearing a mask to school.

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However, with Governor Reeves’ executive order today, things have changed for the district.

Jackson County Superintendent Dr. John Strycker says the district will comply with the executive order and appreciates the governor for making a decision on the matter. “The governor’s the boss and I appreciate that he’s given us direction and so we will not only follow it, but we will support that and do the best we can with that mandate.”

Superintendent Strycker tells News 25 based on in-house numbers, seven students and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

The district continues to monitor cases in the county and district weekly and will adjust their plans accordingly based on cases.

Jackson County schools are still set to resume August 6th.

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