MONDOVI, Wisc. (WLAX) — Mondovi Schools announced new safety measures, including mask requirements, will be implemented to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“Masks will be worn by all staff and students, and that’s in all grade levels, and it will be during the school day only,” Superintendent Jeff Ryckal said.
Other safety measures include social distancing, according to Ryckal.
“We are placing them in seating charts, trying to space them at least three feet apart, you know, in classrooms with masks on,” he said, “but at lunchtime, snack time and breakfast time, trying to get out to that six-foot mark.”
Buffalo County health officer Josie Knauber said the new mandate will not only help keep students safe but will also slow the spread to the rest of the community.
“They go home, they’re active members in their community, right,” she said. “So less kids and less staff members get sick with COVID, then they won’t be bringing it home to their loved ones and when they’re out in the community, they won’t be spreading it either.”
Earlier in the week, the health department sent out a notice of potential exposure at the Mondovi School District’s parade and homecoming dance.
Ryckal said the decision to not mask up was made in July when case numbers were much lower.
“Could we have done it sooner?” he asked. “I’m just actually very glad that we are where we are right now despite, you know, some parents not being happy about this situation. You know, however, I think it is the best strategy for us to keep kids in school and to keep them safe and healthy.”
Ryckal noted that a recent survey of approximately 400 Mondovi parents revealed about two-thirds of them wanted school leaders to require masks.