Suburban school district mask rules dependent on positivity rates

children wearing face medical mask back to school after covid-19 quarantine

NAPERVILLE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A west suburban school district won’t require masks, under one condition.

Indian Prairie School District 204 won’t require face masks for students and staff, as long as the district’s COVID positivity rate stays below 5 percent.

The school board approved its fall opening plan Monday night, which includes a tiered strategy based on coronavirus transmission rates.

With a positivity rate of 2.16 percent, District 204 is currently in the lowest tier, meaning masks will simply be recommended.

If the positivity rate spikes above 5 percent, students and staff may be required to wear masks to reduce quarantines.

Anything above an 8 percent positivity rate would trigger mandatory face coverings.

“Our goal is to start the school year in as much of a pre-pandemic way as possible with normal daily schedules in place in our schools and with a focus on in-person learning,” said Superintendent Adrian Talley in a letter to the district. “Because the pandemic is not over, we will need to continue to monitor the community positivity levels and quarantine cases in our schools on a daily basis to make sure we do not need to modify our plans.”

Regardless of case rates, masks will be required on all bus transportation.