Douglas County Schools Students Will Start Year Wearing Masks to Combat COVID-19

In a letter to parents late Tuesday, Douglas County Superintendent, Trent North announced that effective August 4th, “it was determined that masks will be required in our buildings and buses for all students, staff, and visitors.”

This comes as no surprise as many other districts this week are either revising and/or changing their guidance based on the highly contagious Delta variant which now accounts for 80% of all cases. North cited not only the high transmission rate in Douglass County but also, only 35% of Douglas County residents are fully vaccinated.

The district has given families the option to register for FLEX Live-Online to be completed by August 6th if they want online learning. The district is requiring families to commit for the entire first semester. Also, families who signed up for online instruction and now want in-person learning now have the option to change their selection.

Douglas County is home to approximately 26,000 students with 20 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 5 high schools, and over 3,500 employees.

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