With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Cochise County, the Sierra Vista Unified School District at Tuesday’s board meeting decided to reinstate its districtwide mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors.
“Our goal is to keep our kids in school and to keep our buildings open,” said SVUSD Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes. “So we’re hoping that if we can have a month and a few days of mask wearing, maybe (it) will get us a little bit further through this delta variant — an issue the whole country seems to be having — that it would be to the benefit of our students and staff.”
Currently, Cochise County — and the state of Arizona — is in high transmission of COVID-19 according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.
SVUSD Public Information Officer Valerie Weller said the district-wide mask mandate will take effect on Aug. 19 and will continue through Sept. 28.