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Masks Optional Again in Van Buren School District

Written by on September 28, 2021

KEOSAUQUA, Ia.- Masks will once again be optional in the Van Buren Community School District, at least for now.  Beginning Wednesday morning, the district is moving back into the “green” phase of its COVID mitigation plan.  Superintendent Jeremy Hissem says that is because Van Buren County finally saw a drop in the number of active cases.

Supt. Hissem- District back to “green” phase

The district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan is broken into four phases:  green, yellow, orange and red.  The green phase is the least restrictive phase, with masks being optional and social distancing encouraged.  Last week, the county’s active case numbers crossed the threshold to activate the yellow phase, which made masks required for students and staff, as well as spectators at indoor events.  Hissem says that the district did loosen up the guidelines as compared to last year.

Supt. Hissem- Case numbers drive the movement from phase to phase

Hissem says that he hopes that this fall back to the green phase will be long term, though he reiterates that the case numbers will dictate that.  He understands the concerns on both sides of the issue and says that it’s a continuous balancing act between freedom of choice and health concerns.  But at the end of the day, having the students in the classroom is his top priority.

Supt. Hissem- In-school learning is the priority

The Van Buren Community School District will be operating under the mask-optional green phase starting Wednesday morning.  If you have questions, you may contact the district central office at 319-293-3334.