G-E-T School District changes mask policy after COVID-19 cases increase

TREMPEALEAU (WKBT) — The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is tightening its face mask policy after an increase in positive COVID-19 cases among its students, the district administrator said in an email to students’ families and staff.

All G-E-T students and staff are required to wear face coverings in the school buildings beginning Tuesday. The requirement will be temporary, said District Administrator Michele Butler, and it will be reevaluated Oct. 15.

“Currently, a face covering requirement rather than a recommendation for our students better supports our goal of keeping students learning in-person at school,” said Butler.

Face masks will be available for students as needed. “If your child cannot wear a face covering due to medical needs, please send a note from your doctor,” she said.

G-E-T had 11 students with positive COVID-19 tests and 56 students in quarantine as of Monday. The number in quarantine was expected to rise. Butler reported that G-E-T’s vaccination rate in students 12 and over is well below 50 percent.