Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is strongly recommending school districts use updated COVID-19 recommendations when implementing local responses for the pandemic for the upcoming school year.
Among the DPI’s updated guidelines, schools are encouraged to require masks for all children and adults while indoors as well as layered mitigation and prevention measures.
At this time, masks are optional for all students and staff in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls School Districts.
Studies show wearing a mask in a school setting is an effective tool for controlling the spread of COVID-19.
A pediatric infectious disease expert with UW Health says wearing masks will allow schools to be able to operate like normal.
Dr. Gregory Demuri, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, UW Health said, “We have to pull fewer children from the school if they’re masked cause if a child is masked and they have an exposure to somebody with COVID-19 they don’t’ need to be pulled for a 10-day quarantine period. They can stay in school as long as that child has been masked.”