Wayne County mask mandate lifted

Wayne County mask mandate lifted

By Katie Madigan, Staff Reporter

On Feb. 17, the Grosse Pointe Public School System declared that the COVID-19 mask mandate was lifted. As a result, GPPSS buildings will be mask optional for staff, students and visitors. 

This week, the Wayne County Health Department announced that they were planning to lift the mask mandate on Feb. 28, which coincided with the district’s mid-winter break return. However, on the morning of Feb. 17, GPPSS Administration sent out an email announcing an earlier than expected lift on the mandate. Teachers were asked to read a statement to their second hour classes which allowed students to choose whether or not to continue wearing a mask. The lift was effective immediately. 

The email sent by the GPPSS Administration stated that students and staff should monitor their symptoms and are still advised to stay home when feeling sick.

“(Parents should) continue to use the daily COVID-19 screening tool and contact your school office if your student is experiencing symptoms of illness or has tested positive for COVID-19,” GPPSS Administration said. 

Moving to a mask optional policy allows students to choose the option that best corresponds with their needs. 

“This change will allow families and staff to make choices regarding masking based on their individual circumstances,” GPPSS Administration said. 

This change will allow families and staff to make choices regarding masking based on their individual circumstances.”

— GPPSS Administration