West Salem middle and high school students and staff switching back to optional masking

School officials cite a decline in COVID-19 cases since the district previously updated its mitigation measures Sept. 22

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) – West Salem middle and high school students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks for the time being, according to a letter sent to families Friday.

School officials have cited a recent decline in COVID-19 cases since the district previously updated its mitigation measures Sept. 22, when leaders made the decision to require masking for all students, staff and visitors.

“We would like to remind our families that the choice to wear or not wear a mask is based upon current conditions and personal discretion,” Superintendent Ryan Rieber said in the letter. “Harassment of any type toward mask wearers or non-mask wearers will not be tolerated. As a district, we will honor the choices of our students, staff, and families.”

The letter says all elementary students, staff and visitors will still be required to mask up.

The district will send an updated letter to elementary families Oct. 21 if case numbers continue to go down.

“It is still important to remember that due to federal orders, masks (will be) continued to be required on all school buses,” Rieber said in the letter.

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, four elementary and three middle school students are COVID-19 positive.

There are zero cases among high school students.

A total of two staff members in the middle and high school are positive for COVID-19.