HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Face masks will be required all for students and employees in the Hazelwood School District.
The 2021-2022 school year will begin in-person on August 23. The district said they will not offer a hybrid or virtual model as the school year begins; however, the state-run Missouri Course Access Program is a virtual school option families can pursue.
"I was incredibly nervous they were going to go back to virtual. My husband and I both work, so I didn't know how we were going to do it," said parent Amber Stegmann. "So to hear that they're going to go back full-time in person with masks, I'm happy."
In a statement Tuesday, new task force leader Dr. Clay Dunagan said unlike previous surges, the current crisis can be mitigated by masks and vaccination efforts.
The district will require masking for everyone regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The district said around 600 employees and 250 students have been fully vaccinated as part of the Help Hazelwood Get Healthy campaign.