Fayette County Superintendent continues to stress the importance of masks for a safe school reopen

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – As teachers have now returned to gear up for the September 8 start date, Fayette County Schools have continued to push the importance of masks.

Superintendent Gary Hough says masks must be worn at all times, and if a student does not have one, they will have masks available at each school.

He has also been reminding his staff and students to be kind and patient during this unprecedented year. 

“There’s not a stigma if you have COVID symptoms or there’s not a stigma if you get diagnosed with COVID,” he said. “The idea is to be as forthright as possible, so that we can do the necessary contact tracing. Yes, if we have a case or if we have cases, it’s going to be difficult on all of us and yes, I’m going to be upset when there’s a case that occurs but not upset at the person who has the case, upset because I’m worried about anybody else contracting it.” 

Fayette County Schools will continue to work alongside the health department to develop strategies and be transparent about positive cases that could eventually arise.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.