FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence City Schools will require students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade and staff to wear masks indoors starting with the school year.

The Florence City Board of Education voted on the masking requirement during a Board meeting Tuesday night.

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The Board attributed the decision to students under the age of 12 who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the increase in COVID-19 cases in our area, especially among children.

FCS also strongly recommends but does not require, the use of masks for students in 7th through 12th grades. Masks will be required for everyone on a school bus.

Students do not have to wear a mask indoors while they are involved in physical education and while eating.

FCS will reevaluate masking requirements as the 2021-2022 school year progresses.