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Water Valley School District’s goal is to keep our students, teachers and staff safe while providing a quality education. Our “Back to School Plan” was for students and staff to have the option to wear masks or not. Unfortunately, the increase in cases in the community and the speed that the virus is spreading has caused us concerns. Starting Monday, August 16, 2021, masks will be required inside school buildings, where social distancing can’t be practiced. The data has been the driving force behind this decision, but hopefully, this will not be a permanent one. This decision will be re-evaluated over the next couple of weeks and, hopefully, mask will become optional again. Please understand that we are making every effort to keep our students in traditional learning and trying to avoid virtual learning. It is proven that students learn better in face-to-face instruction.