The Cape Girardeau School District to Drop Mask Mandate for Elementary Students
On May 3, 2021, the Cape Girardeau School District will drop their mask mandate for the rest of the academic year for elementary school children as long as they remain in their same cohorts. The current mask mandate will remain in effect at the secondary level middle school and high school. Officials say if the May 23 graduation ceremonies can take place outside there won’t be a limit attendance and Tiger Stadium can be filled to capacity, if needed. They say if the weather doesn’t allow outdoor graduation and it has to be moved to Central’s Junior High Auditorium, graduates will be limited to four tickets apiece. There are no active cases, either among students or staff, currently in the district. Officials say students will not be required to wear masks at summer school, but educators and staff members will continue to encourage hand-washing and the use of sanitizer. Officials say they are hoping to be back to normal and unmasked for the fall semester. The first day of class for students in the fall is scheduled for August 25, 2021. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center dropped its mask mandate March 8, instead “strongly recommending” residents use face coverings.