Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health announced on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the statewide mandate to wear masks has ended. Throughout the pandemic, Booneville School District has diligently complied with the directives of the Arkansas Department of Health, and we will continue to do so.
Therefore, effective tomorrow, April 1, 2021, masks will no longer be required to be worn by students, staff, or visitors while on Booneville School District campuses. All other directives of the Arkansas Department of Health continue to be in effect until such time they are lifted by the Department of Health.
We will continue to practice all other previous safety and sanitation practices, including spraying and disinfecting all facilities every night, providing hand sanitizer throughout the schools, encouraging hand washing, emphasizing social distancing, and all other Health Department directives.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend everyone wear a mask whenever social distancing cannot be assured. We support this recommendation. Although masks will no longer be required, we encourage everyone to consider wearing a mask whenever in close contact with other people.
Although no longer required, students, staff, and visitors are welcome to continue to wear masks at school and school events as they deem necessary.