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Creighton, Ralston Public Schools to implement mask rules

WOWT 6 News Live at 6:30
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 8:22 AM CST
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(WOWT) - Creighton University and Ralston Public Schools are among the latest educational settings to issue mask requirements in the new year.

In a letter to parents and staff, the superintendent of Ralston Public Schools said masks will be required when school resumes Wednesday.

Dr. Mark Adler said Ralston’s District Health Team has seen an increase in confirmed positive cases among students and staff since the first semester ended Dec. 21.

“After much consideration and discussion, I have decided to begin the second term of the 2021-2022 school year by requiring masks for all students and staff in grades PK-12 while school is in session,” he wrote.

Masks will also be required for staff at the administrative office during the workday. The protocols were already in place for Pre-K and elementary students and staff.

RPS will review the protocols on Jan. 25 which will be followed by an update to staff, parents, and students.

Dr. Adler wrote: “By implementing this additional intervention, I hope to slow down the virus in our school community. This will keep our students and staff, which in turn helps keep your student attending school in-person, where the most powerful learning takes place.”

Ralston joins several other school districts in Nebraska, including Westside and Lincoln, that are requiring masks upon return from the holiday break. Omaha Public Schools had already decided to continue requiring masks.

Creighton University also announced a mask requirement Tuesday. The university tweeted that its mandate, which will apply to most indoor spaces on campus, would go into effect on Saturday; the CU spring semester starts Wednesday, Jan. 12. Exceptions for the requirement are residence halls, dining halls, private office spaces, and while exercising.

A Creighton spokesman confirmed to 6 News that the mandate would apply to Bluejay games at CHI Health Center.

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