GCSC to again require students, staff to mask up
In a late afternoon Monday message to parents, Greenastle Community Schools Superintendent Jeff Gibboney announced that Greencastle will again require masks for students and staff.
“Effective Aug. 17, 2021 masks will be required indoors for students and staff in grades K-12, regardless of vaccination status,” Gibboney said. “Students and staff are not required to wear masks while outside, including at recess. While the school has a few extra masks in supply, families should plan to provide their students with masks.”
Gibboney said the decision was made in collaboration between district officials, the Greencastle School Board and local and state health officials.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 rates are on the rise in our schools and local community,” Gibboney said. “It is our goal to continue to prioritize the safety of our students and staff while reducing the need to quarantine and avoid the disruption of in-person learning. In addition, we also wish to protect student opportunities in performing arts, athletics and special activities.”
According to the latest county metrics, which were current as of last Monday, Putnam County was displaying 258 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents and a seven-day positivity rate of 7.69 percent.