(THREE RIVERS) – Three Rivers Community Schools will not require masks for the 2021-22 school year.
In their back to school plan for the 2021-22 academic year, the Three Rivers School District said that facial coverings would not be required, adding that the Centers for Disease Control strongly recommends masks if someone is unvaccinated, and that masks may be worn if an individual chooses to do so. Due to a Transportation Security Administration mandate, masks will still be required by both students and staff on school buses and in school-owned vans.
The Three Rivers School District will not require the COVID-19 vaccine in its required vaccination list, which includes vaccines for polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, meningitis, chicken pox, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. No separation of students who are vaccinated or unvaccinated from others will be done nor will students be in cohorts for the school year.
The plan says contact tracing is still a requirement for the district, with schools required to report positive or probable COVID-19 cases to the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency within 24 hours. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will quarantine per health department quarantine guidelines. Student athletes will not be tested for COVID-19.
Three Rivers Schools will offer face-to-face learning for all grades for the school year, with sixth through 12th grades offering a virtual option as well.