The Posey County Health Department is taking a new stance on masks in schools.
PCHD is now urging all local schools to implement mask requirements for the upcoming school year.
The health department's new recommendation comes after the county entered into Indiana's Red COVID-19 Advisory Level on Wednesday, indicating a high rate of COVID-19 spread in the area.
"We want to emphasize that this is our recommendation and it is not a mandate and we will allow all school systems to make a decision that is best for their situation and we will work with them to help them throughout the school year deal with outbreaks of COVID-19," the health department said. "Please be sure to check with the school your child will be attending to determine if masks will be required or optional."
PCHD said it sent a letter to both the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County and the Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon, urging both districts to require masks indoors for all students and staff.
Regardless of each district's choice, the health department says masks will be mandatory on school buses due to the federal mandate on transportation that's currently in place.