Mask Mandate to Continue through October

This is Superintendent of Schools, Mitch Webster and I am calling to let you know that we are extending our universal mask mandate in all Grant County Schools through the month of October.  This decision was made in consultation with health department officials, board of education members and various school employees.  The current covid positivity rate in Grant County is simply to high at this point to remove the mask requirement.  We will revisit this at the end of October, and at that time it is my strong hope that the data that we follow will allow us to lift the mandate.  I do want to say, that due to our current mask mandate, we have been able to keep all of our schools open during this trying time.  That has not been the case in several counties throughout the state.  The learning loss that students sufferer when schools are closed is enormous and I am doing everything in my power to prevent that from happening in Grant county.  Should you have any questions regarding this issue please call your child's school or feel free to contact my office directly.  Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice evening.