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Board lifts mask mandate before Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 8:46 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2021 at 11:01 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Board members of Jonesboro Public Schools met to review the data in regards to COVID-19 numbers within the district.

As the numbers trend downwards, and consideration from COVID-19 surveys taken by teachers and parents, the school board has decided to expire the mask mandate at the end of Friday, Nov. 19.

“We have continued to see a decline in those numbers and that has been especially true over the last two to three weeks,” said Dr. Kim WIlbanks, superintendent of the district. “We have consistently had very low numbers of students who were positive or who were quarantined.”

After the meeting concluded, JPS announced on Facebook the results.

The Jonesboro School Board met this evening and reviewed data regarding COVID numbers in our district. The numbers have...

Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The school board also noted that they could review and possibly reinstate the mandate if trends increase.

Wilbanks added Wednesday that the district still has to go by quarantine guidelines set by the Arkansas Department of Health, but if a student is fully vaccinated, they are not required to quarantine.

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