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Mask mandate on buses and vans to be lifted

The CDC on Friday dropped a mask requirement “on buses or vans operated by public private school systems.”

This week, the Warren County School District is following suit.

Jim Grosch, the district’s director of business services, said during school board committee meetings Monday night that the requirement would be lifted in a decision that “complies with the Health and Safety Plan.”

He told the Finance Committee that notice went to the district’s principals Monday and will be more broadly disseminated on Tuesday. The change will go into effect Wednesday.

However, he also said that the guidance sent Monday was not to issue any penalty or write-ups for those who don’t mask today.

Softball co-op to go before board

The committee that oversees sports in the district forwarded two proposals for action at the March meeting that will formally shutter the Sheffield girl’s softball program.

The first is a co-op agreement between Sheffield, Abraxas and the Taylor Diversion Programs.

That agreement, which partnered with Abraxas in 2013 and Taylor Diversion in 2020, states that “all participating parties” are requesting that the co-op be terminated.

Additionally, the document states that “due to low girls’ softball participation numbers, the Sheffield Area High School will be unable to field either a girls’ softball team.”

A corresponding agreement before the committee Monday would allow students at Sheffield who wish to continue to participate to do so at Warren this upcoming spring season.

Director of Administrative Support Services Gary Weber said on Monday that there are currently “five that are looking to play at Warren.”

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