Starting today, the Cape Girardeau School District will no longer require universal masking in their school buildings. The district’s school board unanimously approved changes to their COVID-19 re-entry plan Thursday per new guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).The district’s COVID-19 guidelines before Thursday’s meeting required everyone to wear masks while in district buildings. Now, masks are optional but highly recommended. Students and staff will be sent home to quarantine only if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result or develop symptoms and do not wish to be tested. Cape Girardeau schools will continue to follow federal regulations and require students to wear masks while on school buses. These new guidelines are ased on recommendations from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and DHSS. Officials say they were told by Jane Wernsman of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center the health department will also follow the same guidelines.