CLARKSBURG - Harrison County Schools will be extending its mask requirement through February 6, 2022.
As always, the primary goal of the District is to provide an optimal learning experience through in-person, 5-days per week instruction. Recently, the West Virginia Department of Education issued their latest version of the School Recovery and Guidance document. The document clearly outlines the protocols pertaining to schools with and those without universal mask policies.
Schools with Universal Mask Policy
(Masks are worn inside at applicable times regardless of the DHHR map color)
» Universal mask policy schools do NOT have to quarantine students and staff who have been
exposed if masks are worn at the point of exposure (including extracurricular activities).
» Staff and students who test positive must self-isolate for 5 days and may return on day 6 if
symptoms are improving. Positive individual must wear a mask days 6-10.
» If a staff member or student does not want to wear a mask for days 6-10, then they must remain home
Schools with No Universal Mask Policy
» Students and staff who have been fully vaccinated within the last 6 months or had the booster
do NOT have to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. Recommend testing on day 5 and wearing a mask through day 10.
» Unvaccinated students and staff must quarantine for 5 days if within 6 ft. of a positive individual.
Testing is recommended on day 5. If after day 5, there are no symptoms then individual may
return to school but mask must be worn through day 10.
» If a staff member or student does not want to wear a mask for days 6-10, then they must remain home.
» Unvaccinated athletes who have been exposed must quarantine for 5 days and test negative in
order to begin playing during days 6-10. Masks should be worn as appropriate during days 6-10
While we believe that the mask policy is the correct course of action to accomplish our goal of in-person, 5-days per week instruction, we will re-evaluate the requirement on or before January 31, and make a further determination dependent upon the available data and guidance.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic within our schools.