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School system: Masks no longer required for students, staff

April 19, 2021 GMT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A large school system in eastern Alabama will no longer require masks to be worn by students or employees.

The rules were spelled out in a recent letter sent by Lee County Schools to staff and school stakeholders, The Opelika-Auburn News reported.

Even though masks will not be required in school or at school events, the school system says it “strongly encourages” people to wear masks.

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The system includes 14 schools and nearly 10,000 students.

Two nearby school districts — Auburn City Schools and Opelika City Schools — will end the school year with mask requirements, the newspaper reported.