I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather and getting ready for a weekend full of it!
I'd like to give you an update following my email from earlier this week. As I have watched our COVID numbers this week, I have been very impressed at how they have continued to drop. I have also been watching the numbers from the Alabama Department of Public Health in our communities and those have continued to drop as well.
Starting Monday, we are removing the mandatory mask requirement and making it an optional choice for students and employees. I don't know if and when we will return to a requirement for masks but looking at the historical track of COVID, I would expect we might see such a necessity again in the winter.
While we will be removing the mask requirement, we will continue the sanitization and other procedures we have had in place. This change to optional masks will apply to all of our campuses and all of our offices – students, faculty, employees and visitors alike.
I want to say thank you to everybody for their cooperation. Most importantly, I want to say thank you to all of our teachers and employees across the system who have been working so hard to keep our system open and operating through these challenges.
Thank you so very much for trusting us with your children. While the numbers are dropping, please, please continue to be smart about your social distancing and your sanitization. None of us want to have to return back to what we've just been through any time soon.