UPDATE (4:52 p.m. 1/14/22): Chickasaw City Schools are extending their mask mandate policy as of Jan. 14. To view the updated story, click here.

ORIGINAL STORY

CHICKASAW, Ala. (WKRG) — Chickasaw City Schools have decided to return to a mandatory mask policy when students return for the spring semester.

According to Superintendent David Wofford, the mask policy will be in effect for all faculty and students until Jan. 17, 2022. He said at this time, they will re-evaluate the policy.

Mobile has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases ever since the omicron variant was first found in the county. COVID-19 numbers have quadrupled since Dec. 22, when there were only 86 reported cases in Mobile. On Dec. 30, the Mobile County Health Department reported 977 active COVID-19 cases.

Due to the increase in cases, many school districts have reevaluated their COVID-19 guidelines. All Catholic schools in Mobile, The University of South Alabama and Spring Hill College have announced they will be returning to a mandatory mask guideline.