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Hopkins County Health Officials Push to Keep Masks in Schools

Health officials in Hopkins County are encouraging students to keep wearing masks while in school, at least until more parents have the option to fully vaccinate their kids.

Posted: Nov 11, 2021 9:35 AM
Updated: Nov 11, 2021 3:08 PM

The Hopkins County Health Department and the Hopkins County Board of Health are encouraging parents to keep having their kids mask up in school.

The health department said Wednesday that the push for masks in schools was being made for several reasons, including upcoming holiday gatherings and get-togethers, in addition to the county's current "Red" status on the state's COVID-19 metrics map.

Additionally, the Board of Health said that it would prefer for parents to have the option to fully vaccinate their kids prior to mask-optional policies going into place in schools.

Since the Pfizer vaccine just recently became available to kids ages 5 to 11, the health department says the soonest the students in the county could become fully vaccinated against the virus is around the time of Christmas break.

The Hopkins County Schools Board of Education is set to officially vote on the district's mask policy during its Monday, Nov. 15 meeting. You can read more about the upcoming vote on the Hopkins County Schools Facebook page.

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