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Great Falls Public Schools announces mask mandate

Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS)
Posted at 9:02 AM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 11:03:33-04

GREAT FALLS — Great Falls Public Schools announced on Friday morning that beginning on Monday, Sept. 27, it will require all students, staff, and visitors to Great Falls Public Schools to wear masks in school and at all school events.

School officials said in a news release that it has been monitoring the COVID-19 spread since the academic year began several weeks ago. This week, the Cascade City-County Health Department reported that the average cases per 100,000 in Cascade County had hit 100/100K.

In addition, the positivity rate remains at 12.7%. Both are indicators of a high community transmission rate. Based on the school district’s policy, when community transmission rates reach this point, they are implementing additional health and safety protocols, including mask requirements.

The mask requirement will remain in place until the transmission rates drop back into a safer phase (moderate level) and stays low for at least one full week.

In addition, Great Falls Public Schools will be limiting access to school facilities by outside groups for the next few weeks as well; the limitations will be in effect until the transmission rates drop into the moderate range for a week or more.

Student athletic activities will continue this week as scheduled. However, there will be health and safety protocols that include a mask requirement when students and coaches are in close proximity. Spectators are asked to wear masks at all athletic events at this time as well.

    Click here to visit the school district website. Click here to visit the CCHD website.

    CCHD COVID DATA (September 22, 2021)