Davison schools to resume Aug. 16, mask won’t be required

DAVISON — In a letter to parents recently, Davison Community Schools Superintendent Kevin Brown said classes will resume for the 2021- 22 school year on Aug. 16 – and the district will no longer require that masks be worn as part of COVID-19 guidelines.

Brown said the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommends students and staff wear masks if they are not vaccinated.

“At this time, Davison Community Schools will NOT require students or staff to wear masks while in school regardless of vaccination status,” he said in the letter. “However, if your student rides a bus, don’t throw away his/her mask yet. Current federal health orders require passengers using public transportation – which includes school buses – to wear a mask.”

Brown said the district will continue to monitor COVID-19 positivity rates for Genesee County and the Davison area ZIP code. He said Genesee County reported less than a two percent positivity rate (8.7 new cases daily per million people) as of July 12.

In addition, Brown said the district will continue efforts to socially distance students as much as possible, encourage frequent hand washing/sanitizing and maintain enhanced cleaning schedules/ routines to help mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19 within the school setting.

“We are anticipating returning to school just as we did in the fall of 2019. High school and middle school students will have a full six-hour schedule with lunch in the cafeteria,” he said. “Elementary students will no longer be required to eat in their classrooms or remain in pods. In other words, we plan to return to normal.”

Brown said there are no plans to require student athletes to submit to weekly rapid antigen testing in order to participate in sports or other curricular activities.

Some staff and students may feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask during the school day, he said, adding the district fully supports and welcomes those who choose to do so.

“We want everyone to be comfortable with whatever decision they make,” said Brown in the letter.

If there are any changes to this policy, Brown said it will be posted on the district website at www.davisonschools.org.