BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Ten Jefferson County Schools will require masks for a minimum of 14 days, according to John Huddleston, the system’s public information officer.
Oak Grove Elementary, Oak Grove High School, Corner High School, Bagley Elementary and Brookville Elementary will all require face masks beginning Monday, Aug. 23. due to “an increase in COVID positive cases and close contacts.”
Friday, Jefferson County Schools added Bryan Elementary, Corner Middle, Gardendale Elementary, McAdory Middle and Snow Rogers Elementary to the list of schools that will shift to mandatory masks.
“For a district this size, this cannot be one size fits all approach,” said Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools. “At this time, we are making these decisions on a school-by-school basis, instead of a district-wide mandate. It should be noted we have our nursing staff monitoring the numbers every day. We will take action when appropriate. However, we also want to point out that there are many schools that have very few COVID cases right now.”
According to the system’s COVID dashboard, there were 274 COVID-19 cases and 771 direct contacts between Aug. 10 and Aug 15 among all of Jefferson County’s schools.