Westfield Washington Schools to make changes to mask policy

A view of Westfield Middle School in Westfield, Indiana, in October 2017. (Photo Provided/Google Street View)

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Westfield Washington Schools is planning changes to its mask policy next week.

On Monday, Nov. 8, masks for all school activities during the day will be recommended instead of mandatory.

There will be exceptions:

  • Masks will be required on buses, per federal mandate
  • School buildings with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 1.75%, will wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, until positivity falls below 1%
  • If six buildings have a positivity rate above 1.75%, masks will become required, regardless of vaccination status, until all nine buildings have a rate below 1%

“Early this school year, when the COVID-19 situation took a drastic turn, we took swift action to reverse course and implement a mask mandate,” Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Kaiser said in a message to parents. “As our city and county vaccination rate continues to lead the state and our district’s positive cases remain low, we are prepared to, once again, let the data guide us.”

Contract tracing will still be performed.