ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor Public Schools will be implementing a new district-wide mask mandate in the weeks following winter break as a preemptive measure to prevent the spread of illness, according to a letter from the superintendent.

Masks will now be required while indoors in AAPS schools from Jan. 9 – 20 for all students, staff and visitors.

“During this time of return from travel and social activities, the requirement of masks while indoors at school is a measure to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses and related absenteeism and to prioritize health and in school learning, particularly at this transition time following winter break,” Superintendent Jeanice Swift wrote.

In her Jan. 8 letter to the district, she pointed to the recent message by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) encouraging masking in response to surges in influenza, RSV and COVID.

Swift also shared resources for parents who may have a child experiencing symptoms and urged any parent with a sick student to keep them at home.

“As we return to school in this new year 2023, we will continue to closely monitor absence levels and illness each day, and remain in close communication about next steps,” Swift wrote.

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