Marysville and Valley Heights schools plan to continue to require masks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic while some other area schools have lifted the requirement.

All county school districts began the school year with mask requirements along with practicing social distancing, hand sanitizing and social distancing to try to combat spread of the virus in school buildings.

On Monday, USD 380, with Frankfort, Vermillion and Centralia, no longer required masks for students, staff and visitors. Hanover schools have done likewise.

Axtell has not had a mask mandate in place since March 22.

Marysville USD 364 Superintendent Mike Couch told the school board at its April 14 monthly meeting in the activity center that the district would continue to require masks and follow the protocols through the rest of the school year.

The last day of school is May 19. The last day for seniors is May 13.

St. Gregory’s Catholic School and Good Shepherd Lutheran School are continuing to require masks as well.

Though Frankfort, Vermillion and Centralia lifted the mask requirement, USD 380 officials still strongly recommend that students, staff and visitors wear a mask when entering the buildings.

Frankfort and Centralia schools will still continue social distancing, handwashing and extra sanitization of facilities.

John Whetzal, superintendent of USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn, said masks are recommended but not required at the school.  

In a news release, Frankfort-Vermillion-Centralia Superintendent Matt Rogers said that if someone tests positive for COVID, everyone who was within the six feet of the positive person for more than 10 minutes will be subject to a 10-day quarantine.

The guidelines for quarantine go back two days from the onset of symptoms.

The guidelines are subject to change for schools if there is an increase in cases in the area or if county regulations again require that masks be worn.