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School administrators reflect on the first month of school

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- Schools have been in session for over a month, and area administrators are reflecting on how the past month has been.

Going into the second year of COVID-19, classrooms across the country debated on whether or not to make masks a requirement or optional.

Angie Lloyd, Director of Pupil Services for the Wausau school district said “just like every school district in the entire world we were nervous to start this school year again.”

Wausau school district has a mask optional policy, but has added to the rules surrounding coronavirus.

“We do have now a quarantine policy where if we do have our or more cases in one classroom in the elementary level where will quarantine that classroom,” Said Lloyd, “Besides that it's if kids are showing symptoms, we will send them home to get tested."

Rhinelander School District started the school year with mask optional policy as well, but has since required masking for one of their elementary schools while they get their numbers down.

“So, we decided to go mask required for two weeks and then evaluate on October 13th." Said Superintendent of Rhinelander schools Eric Burke.

Administrators did say having the staff and students back in the classroom has brought school spirit back up.

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