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FSSD health guidelines don’t require masks for 2021-22 school year

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Poplar Grove Elementary students get to know their teacher on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Franklin Special School District has released its health guidelines for the 2021-22 school year, which include an optional mask protocol.

As school starts with a half day on Friday, Aug. 6, the district will be encouraging some health protocols, such as self-screening for COVID-19 and social distancing while on campus.

The guidelines encourage those who answer “yes” to the following questions to stay home and notify their local health care provider as well as their school:

• Have you been in close contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 10 days?

• Are you experiencing symptoms of infectious illness including, but not limited to, fever of 100 degrees or greater, new onset or unusual cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, severe headache, vomiting and/or diarrhea, sore throat and body aches/fatigue?

Families should work with their health care provider and their school to determine when a child may return to campus following an illness and if the student should engage in remote learning. According to district policy, without documentation, children will be out of school for 10 days.

Visitors are also encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 before entering the school.

The guidelines state that school staff will “continue to be diligent in routine cleaning and disinfecting/sanitizing practices,” and the schools will continue to encourage frequent handwashing.

FSSD does not require eligible students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school.

According to the guidelines, the district will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the community and consult with local health officials as the school year progresses.

“If indicated, additional protocols and restrictions may become necessary during times of increased spread of the illness at individual sites or district-wide,” the guidelines read.

For more information, read the full guidelines below, or visit

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