A decision on whether or not to require masks to be worn at Arab City Schools when school begins came sooner than expected this week.

Arab Superintendent Dr. Johnny Berry told the school board last Thursday night that he had met with administrators to discuss the issue and spoke with state officials as well.

“The Alabama Department of Public Health is going to release their tool kit on the current state of the pandemic Wednesday (yesterday). We’ll evaluate that and make a decision with that in mind as well as where our county and community is regarding covid cases at that time.”

Those guidelines, very similar to last year, came down Monday and by that evening, Berry released information that masking would be required for students, faculty, staff and visitors at Arab City Schools through Friday, Sept. 3.

“Arab City Schools will continue to monitor the local COVID data in hopes that conditions improve and the mask requirement will become optional in the near future,” Berry said in a prepared statement.

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