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WESTFIELD, Ind. — Students in Westfield will no longer be required to wear masks, starting Monday.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser says the mask requirement will be lifted at Westfield Washington Schools on Nov. 8, and masks will only be recommended but not mandatory in the classroom and at extra-curricular activities.

However, he says if a specific school reaches a positivity rate above 1.75%, students and staff will go back to being required to wear masks until the rate drops below 1%. If six of the district’s nine schools go above 1.75%, all nine buildings will go back to a mask requirement until they all go back below 1%.

In addition, Dr. Kaiser says if a student was within three feet of someone who tested positive for COVID, they will be considered a close contact and be required to follow quarantine protocols.

He said the decision was made after working with the Indiana Department of Health, the Hamilton County Health Department, and their partners at Riverview Health.

“As our city and county vaccination rate continues to lead the state and our district’s positive cases remain low, we are prepared to, once again, let the data guide us,” Dr. Kaiser said.