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Which ArkLaTex schools will have mask mandates, virtual options for the 2021-22 school year

Some school districts may require face masks for students during the 2021-22 school year.
Some school districts may require face masks for students during the 2021-22 school year.(ktuu)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 9:17 AM CDT
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(KSLA) - The 2021-22 school year has nearly arrived, and with the fourth surge of COVID-19 in full swing, some school districts are reinstating mask mandates and/or offering virtual learning.

Below is a table showing each school district in the ArkLaTex and what school officials plan to do as far as mask mandates and virtual options. It should be noted, the governors of Arkansas and Texas have signed executive orders stating school districts may not issue mask mandates this year. Also in Texas, districts will not receive federal funding for virtual learning, so many districts are not offering any virtual options.

Additionally, on July 27, the CDC issued new guidance saying all those in K-12 schools, including teachers, students, staff, and visitors, should wear face masks while indoors regardless of vaccination status.

This list is a work in progress. If a box below is empty, we are waiting to hear back from the school district. We will continue to update the list as we gather more information ahead of the first day of school.

ARKANSAS

COUNTYNAME OF SCHOOL DISTRICTMASKS REQUIRED?VIRTUAL OPTIONS?
ColumbiaEmerson Taylor Bradleynonone
ColumbiaMagnolianonone
HempsteadBlevinsnonone
HempsteadHopenoyes (in the process of getting plan approved)
HempsteadSpring Hillnomaybe
HowardDierksno
HowardMineral Springsnonone
HowardNashvilleno
LafayetteLafayettenonone (will reconsider depending on # of COVID cases in district)
Little RiverAshdownnonone
Little RiverForemannonone (if student is quarantined, sick, or homebound, they may use Google Classroom for assignments, instruction, and coursework)
MillerGenoanonone
MillerTexarkanano
SevierDeQueennonone
SevierHorationonone

LOUISIANA

NOTE: On Monday, Aug. 2, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a statewide mask mandate that will remain in place through at least Sept. 1. This mandate supersedes any mask policy announced by school districts in Louisiana.

PARISHNAME OF SCHOOL DISTRICTMASKS REQUIRED?VIRTUAL OPTIONS?
BienvilleBienvillenonone
BossierBossiernoyes
CaddoCaddoyesprovided on contractual basis
ClaiborneClaiborneas needed
DeSotoDeSotorequired only on busesnone
NatchitochesNatchitoches
Red RiverRed Riveryesstudents will learn virtually on Fridays
SabineSabinenoyes
WebsterWebster

TEXAS

COUNTYNAME OF SCHOOL DISTRICTMASKS REQUIRED?VIRTUAL OPTIONS?
BowieDeKalb ISDnonone
BowieHooks ISDnonone
BowieHubbard ISDnonone
BowieLeary ISDnonone
BowieLiberty-Eylaunonone
BowieMalta ISDno
BowieMaud ISDnonone
BowieNew Boston ISDno
BowiePleasant Grove ISDnooffered for homebound students, or students in in-house suspension or DAEP
BowieRed Lick ISDnonone
BowieRedwater ISDno
BowieSimms ISDno
BowieTexarkana ISDnonone
CassAtlanta ISDnonone
CassBloomburg ISDno
CassHughes Springs ISDno
CassLinden-Kildare Consolidated ISDnonone
CassMcLeod ISDno
CassQueen City ISDnonone
HarrisonElysian Fields ISDnonone
HarrisonHallsville ISDnonone (virtual academy is separate)
HarrisonHarleton ISDnonone
HarrisonKarnack ISDnonone (unless student is quarantined)
HarrisonMarshall ISDno
HarrisonWaskom ISDnonone (but waiting on further guidance from TEA)
MarionAvinger ISDno
MarionJefferson ISDnonone
MorrisDaingerfield-Lone Star ISDnonone
MorrisPewitt Consolidated ISDnonone (unless student is quarantined)
PanolaBeckville ISDno
PanolaCarthage ISDnonone
PanolaGary ISDnonone (unless students tests positive for COVID-19)
PanolaTatum ISDnonone
ShelbyCenter ISDnonone
ShelbyExcelsior ISDno
ShelbyJoaquin ISDnonone (unless student tests positive for COVID or comes in close contact with someone who tests positive)
ShelbyShelbyville ISDnonone
ShelbyTenaha ISDnonone
ShelbyTimpson ISDnonone
TitusChapel Hill ISDno
TitusHarts Bluff ISDnonone
TitusMount Pleasant ISDnonone

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