Western Dubuque High School in Epworth is implementing a mask mandate.
School District Superintendent Rick Colpitts says the number of positive COVID cases at the high school has increased significantly in the past two weeks, so masks are now required for all students and staff. The mandate went into effect on Thursday.
Masks must be worn by everyone at Western Dubuque High School during the regular school day beginning when they enter the building before class starts in the morning until they leave the building at the end of the school day – with the exception of eating lunch or when outside for a class activity.
Masks will continue to be required at Western Dubuque High School until the daily positivity rate at the school drops below 3%. With just over 1,000 students and staff in the building, that means when the number of positive cases is 32 or higher, masks will be required – when it’s 31 or less, masks will be recommended but not required.
Colpitts says they shared the information in a letter with Western Dubuque High School families on Wednesday.