La Crosse School District to require masks for rest of school year

Dr. Aaron Engel
Dr. Aaron Engel

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The School District of La Crosse will require students and staff to wear masks for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Aaron Engel announced Friday.

“We had another week of declining COVID cases and quarantines in our schools. That said, we still had to quarantine students and in one case a classroom late this week. Please continue to follow our mitigation strategies and stay home and get tested if experiencing symptoms. Your assistance will allow us to complete the school year successfully with as many students as possible attending in person through the last day of school,” Engel said in an email.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control changed its guidance for individuals that are fully vaccinated; however, Engel said the school district was aware that not every student or family in the school buildings have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

“We are excited by this news but are still approaching the rest of the school year cautiously. We know from our contact tracing data that wearing masks and social distancing in schools has prevented transmission and quarantines of students,” Engel said.

The district will reevaluate its masking and social distancing criteria for summer school and for next school year. It is committed to following the science and advice of experts, according to Engel.