Greater Birmingham school districts release new mask guidelines for 2021-2022 school year

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Jefferson County wants to make sure that the routes to and from schools are safe. Photo via Unsplash

In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a new mask guidance. Here in Birmingham, city and county school systems are individually taking steps to ensure their students’ and faculty’s safety. Keep reading to find out how. 

The CDC has new a mask guidance

We’re all in this together. Photo via CDC Facebook

Yesterday, July 27th, the CDC changed its mask recommendations in response to concerns over the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Under the new CDC guidelines, unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people should wear masks in public, high-spreading areas, such as:

  • Grocery stores
  • Airports
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • And more

Here’s how Birmingham’s school districts are responding to the issue. 

Bessemer City School’s 2021-22 mask policy

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Let’s try to keep the COVID numbers down. Photo via Bessemer City School Facebook

Bessemer City Schools will require all students, employees and visitors to wear face masks for the first four weeks of the school year.

After the first four weeks, masks are optional but strongly recommended. This policy may change if there is no improvement in COVID numbers.

Students return to school August 12th.

Birmingham City School’s 2021-22 mask policy

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Students can learn in person or at home. Photo via Birmingham City School Facebook

Birmingham City Schools are strictly following CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So, masks and face coverings must be worn in all school facilities.

Traditional in-person learning will take place but may change if public health official’s guidelines change.

Students will attend school 5 days a week starting August 2nd.

Jefferson County School’s 2021-22 mask policy

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Check out Jefferson County School’s mask policy. Photo via Jefferson County School Facebook

Jefferson County Schools want their students to have the same experience they did pre-COVID.

“My goal is to have as normal a school year as possible. However, please understand that while we are in a much better place than we were a year ago at this time, the pandemic is far from over. If for some reason cases start to go back up, there is always a chance we would have to adjust our policies and procedures accordingly.”

Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, Superintendent from

Masks are optional for all students and staff. Traditional and virtual learning options are available.

The school year begins August 10th.

Hoover City School’s 2021-22 mask policy

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Fist bumps might be the new handshake. Photo via Hoover City School Facebook

Face coverings and masks are optional for employees and students in the Hoover City School district.

Remote learning is available for those who don’t want to learn in the traditional school setting. Parents and visitors do not have to wear masks but should limit physical contact. Try a fist bump instead of a hug or handshake.

The first day of school is August 10th.

We’ll update this list as things change and more schools release their masks policies.

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Tira Davis
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