Cabell County School Board votes to keep mask requirement until end of semester


CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—The Cabell County School Board voted on Tuesday to keep a mask requirement in place until the end of the semester.

Schools will no longer follow the color-coded protocol used previously because colors on the county alert map change on a daily basis.

Superintendent Ryan Saxe says this decision was made to avoid further confusion on their policy.

Being able to use the color-coded map, it was kind of confusing because on a given Monday it could be orange and then on Tuesday or Wednesday that Monday orange color could now be gold.

Ryan Saxe, Cabell County Schools Superintendent

However, the mask mandate wasn’t the only confusing item discussed. Cox Landing Elementary School parent Travis Collins tells us one of the big issues for him was how they dealt with quarantining and how it affected the children’s education.

My daughter had been sent home due to a possible exposure that was almost a week ago. This has happened twice now and the school should have a way of notifying parents sooner.

Travis Collins, Cox Landing Elementary School parent

In response, Superintendent Saxe says this is an issue they are working to prevent with the new policy. In order to avoid confusion with students and parents, the mask mandate will not be lifted again until the board meets again to discuss on February 1, 2022.

The school board’s goal is these changes will keep students in the classroom until they can reevaluate their policy.

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