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Omaha school district to issue masks for students, staff

June 9, 2020 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Students returning to school in one Omaha district this fall will likely be required to wear masks in the classrooms and hallways of their buildings.

Millard Public Schools has ordered 60,000 masks — two masks for every teacher and student — as a way to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

District officials said there would be some exceptions to wearing masks, including for medically fragile children. The masks are part of the district’s plans for reopening buildings in the 2020-21 school year. The plan would also see students kid washing and sanitizing their hands repeatedly throughout the day. Teachers and paraprofessionals will also be asked to help wipe down desks between every class period.

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“We are ordering buckets and gallons of hand sanitizer,” Chad Meisgeier, the district’s chief financial officer, said.

The plan was presented to Millard school board member on Monday, when the state saw an additional 118 cases of the virus confirmed, according to the state’s online coronavirus tracker.

Since the outbreak began earlier this year, more than 15,750 people in Nebraska have tested positive for the virus, and 188 have died from COVID-19.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

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