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Rio Grande City CISD requiring students and staff to wear masks

5 months 1 week 2 days ago Wednesday, August 11 2021 Aug 11, 2021 August 11, 2021 12:21 PM August 11, 2021 in News - Local

With an increase in the amount of COVID-19 cases in the community, Rio Grande City Superintendent Adolfo Pena Jr. said the district is requiring all students, staff and visitors mask up in all district facilities.

The decision was made based on the CDC recommendation for “universal” indoor mask usage and meetings with the county health authority and district officials and teachers.

“We want to first make sure that our students and staff are safe, and then we'll see any repercussions later on," Pena said. "But the only thing they're saying out there is we will be fined $1,000, but to me as a superintendent, I'll take that. My student's safety is more important than a $1,000 fine."

Temperature checks will also be done on students and staff members as they load buses and enter RGCISD schools, Pena Jr. said. Buses will be sanitized every time students unload and load buses and special UV lights have been purchased to kill and bacteria and viruses at every campus.

A back-to-school bash is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Joe R. Sanchez Stadium located at 1 South Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City.

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