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Mandatory face masks part of ACS back-to-school plan

Mandatory face masks part of ACS back-to-school plan


Face masks and coverings will be mandatory for everyone in Auburn City Schools’ buildings this year, as part of the district’s back-to-school plan approved Tuesday.

Superintendent Cristen Herring received approval from the school board for several COVID-19-related changes for the 2020-21 year, which starts Aug. 4 for teachers and staff and Aug. 10 for students:

Parents have until Sunday to decide if their children will go back to their schools or use remote learning.

iPads will be provided for students in grades 7-12 for coursework; K-6 students will be on a case-by-case basis.

Parents will be responsible for monitoring their children for COVID- 19 symptoms before putting them on the bus or dropping them off at school every day.

There will be assigned seating on school buses, as well as required mask wearing. Herring said each bus will be sanitized daily.

The full, 27-page plan will be released Wednesday morning on the ACS website — It will also be posted at

Those Cary Woods Elementary students who choose to return to their school will start their year surrounded by the same old bricks-and-mortar.

Herring told the school board that labor shortages and materials delivery snags related to the coronavirus will delay the opening of the new Cary Woods building, located next to the old one on the city’s north side.

The board approved using the old building to begin the new school year, as inspections and substantial completion dates for the new building have been pushed to mid- August. The original target opening was June.

“Miss Snyder, we’re going to do our best to get you into a beautiful school as soon as possible,” Herring told Cary Woods Principal Karen Snyder, who was in the audience.

She also told the board that the first phase of the Drake Middle School project is on schedule.

Herring added that the new tennis building at Auburn High School is complete and in use.

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