School Mask Mandate to be Lifted Beginning March 2
Governor Carney announced earlier today that he will be lifting the mask mandate for K-12 schools beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 6pm, one month earlier than had been previously announced. Based upon recent trends in our schools and communities over the past few weeks, including a low rate of COVID-positive cases among our student population, Sussex Academy will make masks optional in alignment with the new order issued by the Governor. Beginning Wednesday March 2, 2022, students (K-12) and staff will no longer be required to wear masks in school buildings or on school busses.
Families should be advised that Sussex Academy will continue to rely on information from the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Delaware Department of Education, and the CDC to guide its decision making. COVID mitigation strategies, including mask mandates, may need to return if there is a spike in COVID-positive cases in our schools and local communities in the future. Additionally, isolation and quarantine requirements will remain in place for COVID-positive individuals and family close contacts on a case-by-case basis. Families are asked to continue to report positive cases to the school nurses and to keep students home from school if they are showing symptoms.
Weekly COVID testing through Quidel will still be available on Friday mornings for those students and staff who have pre-registered. Test-to-stay options will also be available for individuals wanting to participate.