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Quincy challenges community to wear masks to help ensure start of school

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Today at the Quincy Board of Education, a press conference held in efforts to promote masking, so that kids can go back to school. Make sure you tune in tonight to WGEM News at Six, to find out more information!

Posted by WGEM News - The Tri-States' News Leader on Friday, July 31, 2020

QUINCY (WGEM) — Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb says with the surge in local COVID-19 cases, returning to in-person learning is not certain.

But, they continue to plan for it.

"K-8, those kids are going to be isolated together most of the day. There are going to be smaller class sizes because a lot of parents are opting for remote learning. So in smaller class sizes, they will be able to spread out even more. The high school is going to an A-B schedule since they are traveling around all day. So all of our high school kids will be going every other day."

Roy Webb | Quincy Public Schools Superintendent

School and health officials continue to push the 21-day mask challenge, saying the community needs to step up.

"A masking strategy is less effective if not everyone participates, we need everyone, we need the entire community in this effort."

Dr. Richard Schlepphorst | Quincy Medical Group

S/U: Now the 21-day mask challenge is a start to get those to start wearing a mask. But Dr. Schlepphorst says, there are three W's that everyone should be doing.

"The first W, wear a mask, the second W watch your distance from other people, and the third W, wash your hands after you've touched common services."

Dr. Richard Schlepphorst | Quincy Medical Group

Quincy Notre Dame Principal Mark McDowell says he's working closely with health officials. His school is also planning an A-B schedule.

"It's easier to socially distance. Still, not always possible to maintain six feet. But, nonetheless, we can look at ourselves and look at others in the eye and say that we are taking the reasonable and responsible steps to do what we can on behalf of our students our families, and equally important our staff."

Mark McDowell | Principal Quincy Notre Dame

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