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ACPS to decide next week whether to require face masks when school restarts

As it was with the decision to reopen schools, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is a little behind its neighbors in deciding whether or not faculty and students will be required to wear face masks when school restarts next month.

In Fairfax County and Arlington County School Boards have both announced that masks will be required in classrooms when school starts.

The Alexandria School Board is slated to take up the issue at the Tuesday, Aug. 3, meeting. There’s no document attached to the agenda item and no indication of whether or not schools will require it — but the nationwide trend has been toward schools requiring it in adherence to the CDC recommendation.

The decision next Tuesday is somewhat down to the wire for ACPS, with less than a month before the 2021-2022 school year starts on Tuesday, Aug. 24, and less than a week from when school starts at Samuel Tucker Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 9.

ACPS currently plans to open for approximately 15,000 students five days a week.