Recent surges in positive COVID-19 cases have caused some local school districts to reinstate temporary mask mandates in an effort to decrease the number of cases and quarantines among teachers and students. On Friday, the Sikeston R-6 School District alerted parents the district would implement at two-week mask requirement before considering a building closure after the district’s average daily attendance rate was at 80.24%, a high number of classrooms were without substitutes and one school building had over five percent student-and-staff-positivity rate. The message by the R-6 superintendent said all students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination or recent positive status, are required to wear a face covering properly in district buildings from September 13-24. Masks are not required at outdoor district events. The Sikeston R-6 School District closure plan states that if attendance drops below 80% as a district and/or if there are unfilled teaching positions, the district personnel would begin assessing the need for closure of the district for 15 calendar days. District data revealed that on Tuesday, 402 students and staff in the R-6 district were quarantined. Of those, 399 were students. There were 112 students and staff who had tested positive, and of those, 105 were students. One building (middle school) had 7.3% of students and staff who tested positive, and the district wide attendance rate was 87.14 percent.