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Mascenic mandates masks as COVID cases reach threshold

  • Mascenic Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Martin Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/9/2021 2:04:29 PM

The Mascenic School District has mandated masks effective immediately following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Superintendent Chris Martin said that the threshold of 10 cases in the district was reached Wednesday. The district’s reopening plan, passed by the School Board in early August, calls for mandated masks should district-wide cases rise above 10. 

“We are at 10,” Martin said. The district’s prior reported number of cases as of Tuesday was three. As such, she said, the district is just following the plan that the School Board voted to implement.

In Martin’s announcement to the district, she stated, “Due to substantial transmission of COVID-19 in our schools, all students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks beginning tomorrow, September 9, 2021.”

Martin said that the response from the district has been mixed. “The emails and telephone calls that I’m receiving are 50/50, meaning there are some folks that are grateful and some folks that are angry,” she said. Martin also noted that she had seen at least one protestor standing in the driveway when she drove into work.

Martin advised the district in her announcement that this move does not mean masking will continue “indefinitely,” and in fact said that the district would revisit the data on Friday and would then inform families if masks will be required into next week.

“We are masking right now to keep everyone in school,” Martin said.


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