Starting Tuesday, students and teachers in schools within the Lincoln Public Schools will have to wear face masks or face coverings

Lincoln, NE – The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus continues to spread across the country increasing the number of new Covid-19 cases in almost every single state and it recently became the dominant strain in United States.

The same applies for Nebraska where the number of new Covid-19 cases is constantly on the rise in the last couple of weeks.

Following that, students, school staff and teachers in schools withing the Lincoln Public Schools will have to wear face masks or face coverings regardless of their vaccination status.

Omicron variant is recently discovered variant and there are multiple ongoing studies that show reveal more details about the variant. So far, it’s known that the variant has more than 30 mutations which easily evades both the vaccine and natural immunity leading to high transmission rate.

The mask mandate for students and school staff in Lincoln Public Schools will last until the end of January and might be extended if needed. The mask mandate will apply in schools, school buses and during before and after school sponsored activities.

“We have been monitoring community conditions over Winter Break and consulting with local health officials in determining protocols to help keep our schools open and our students and staff in school,” said Superintendent Steve Joel. “We have to consider the health and well being of over 8,000 staff members and 41,000 students that are required to be in our buildings during the school day.”

The decision came after the number of new Covid-19 cases in the Lincoln area dramatically increased in the last couple of weeks. According to Joel, the mask mandate was enforced in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus among students, teachers and parents which might lead to lowering the new cases in general.

“We know students need in-person learning, and we are using all of the tools proven to work to ensure that happens. Again, we will review our face covering requirements and announce any changes on January 28.”

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