To assure that we are able to keep schools open throughout the county and to minimize quarantining, the West Virginia Department of Education under the guidance Dr. Ayne Amjad, MD, MPH, as State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health has provided new guidance to county school systems throughout the state over the weekend. We have provided that guidance on the Fayette County Board of Education website. Please note the changes on pages 9 and 10 dealing with masking and quarantining that are highlighted in red. Students don’t have to quarantine if masked regardless of distance apart. Due to these changes beginning tomorrow Tuesday, September 7, 2021 all students and staff will be required to wear masks/shield. Since the beginning of the year Fayette County Schools has had to quarantine 788 students and close two schools, this is the reason for this change. Individual schools will assist with ways to prevent the spread at extracurricular activities and in the lunch setting. When a mask requirement is in place and if a student can’t wear a mask/shield for medical or psychological reasons please bring the appropriate documentation to your child’s principal. This documentation needs to be from a medical professional and parents have to agree to testing their child. Please understand this is an ever changing process, when additional guidance from state health officials is provided, we will adjust according.