Half of Michigan students in a school with a mask mandate

State leaders refuse to issue a mask mandate so many districts are doing it themselves.

When they return to school next week, nearly half of students in Michigan will be required to wear a mask. That’s despite the reluctance of state leaders to order a statewide mask mandate.

Bridge Michigan reports that, as of Tuesday, 46% of Michigan students were enrolled in a school district with a mask mandate. That includes all but one district in Kalamazoo County, where health officials issued a countywide mandate last week.

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Once opposed to mask requirements, many school districts have changed their tune after almost two months of rising COVID-19 infection rates. As of Wednesday, the state was averaging more than 1,700 new cases per day – up from 112 cases per day at the end of June.

The Delta variant – now dominant in Michigan – is also causing school officials to consider stricter COVID prevention efforts. Delta is much more contagious than previous strains of the virus.

[Bridge Michigan]

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