Ocean Springs School District implementing mask mandate

The Ocean Springs School District held a special called meeting to vote on the mask mandate for students, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

Board President Joe Cloyd, board members Jim Smith, and Eric Camp voted for a mask mandate after reviewing recent delta variant data.

While board members Kacee Waters and Brad Patano did not agree to require masks for anyone.

The final vote was a three to two decision. For tomorrow’s first day of school, Ocean Springs School District will require masks while indoors and on school buses.

Other safety precautions like hand sanitizer and crowd spacing will be in effect for all schools. Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman said, “Our number one goal has been for us to open schools on time, for us to keep all of our students in school, for us to continue to try and also make sure that we are able to continue our schedule. We want all of our high school students to be able to come to school every day, same thing with the rest of our students. So, for us, it’s really about being able to open, stay open, which is also relevant and important conversation now at this time.”

OSSD is also providing the Greyhound Virtual Academy to students as an alternative option to in-person learning.

School board member Brad Patano was incorrectly identified in an earlier version of this story. — Eds

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