EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Eau Claire Area School District says kids in grades PK through 8th grade will be required to wear masks when school starts September 1.
In a letter to staff and families, Superintendent Mike Johnson says the decision is based on the recent increase of Covid cases in Eau Claire County. He also sights evidence the delta variant spreads more easily than previous forms of the virus.
A mask mandate for high school students will be determined on Wednesday, August 25.
All staff in all buildings will be required to wear masks beginning Monday. Masks will be required for all students on all school buses.
The Eau Claire Area School District’s mask requirement comes after Governor Evers urged all schools in the state to mask up this fall.
His plea follows the recent surge of cases with the 7-day case average increasing by 40 percent during the past week and 11 times higher than it was a month ago. All 72 counties in the badger state are in high or very high activity categories. The governor says this is no longer the fight against Covid-19, but the fight against the delta variant. The state DHS adds it’s a whole new game with the highly contagious strain.
Wisconsin DHS Deputy Secretary, Julie Willems said, “With the original strain of Covid-19 an infected person was likely to infect two other people who were than likely to infect two additional people for a total of six cases from one infection. With the delta variant, an infected person is likely to infect five people who are likely to infect 25 people for a total of 30 cases for one infection.”
Evers is asking everyone to get the vaccine now. He’s currently looking into a vaccine mandate for state employees and will make a decision within a week.