Today marked the beginning of some new mask policies at various local school districts. As reported last week, Sturgeon Bay schools have returned to universal masking for all students and staff. A major difference from last school year, however, is that everyone who has been in close contact with a positive case may continue to remain in school unless they have symptoms. The goal with this policy is to have fewer students needing quarantine. Also today begins new policies at Southern Door schools and Sevastopol school. In the hope of reducing the number of students sent home as close contacts, they are implementing mandatory indoor masking for student in grades 4K through 6th grade. They also strongly recommend masking for grades 7 through 12, but for those students masking remains optional at this time. These students have the ability to be at home alone if they are identified as a close contact, or to become vaccinated, if they choose this option. All staff, however, are required to wear masks. Also, by federal mandate, all students and staff must wear facemasks while in a school bus or other school vehicle. These changes took effect today, and if you are currently in quarantine, you still must complete that quarantine cycle, as previously required by school officials. For more up-to-date information you can monitor your school district’s website or social media.