The Alexandria School District 206 has changed its stance on face masks for the upcoming school year, making several parents upset. Superintendent Rick Sanstead says this will last the first two weeks of the school year as they monitor data. Face coverings are now required for students K-6 when they are inside the building, starting September 7th. They are strongly encouraged for 7th-12th graders but not mandated at this time. School staff will also be required to mask up starting August 31st, regardless of vaccination status. They are determined to do their best to keep transmissions low as we head back to an in person school year. Another change per the CDC if students are both wearing face coverings and they come in contact with a person who tests positive for COVID 19, the close contact student will not have to quarantine.