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Trailside Elementary crosses 2% COVID-19 threshold, triggering mask mandate

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Melissa Allison
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According to a letter from Trailside Principal Jim Martin, the mandate will be in place Monday.

Another local elementary school has triggered a mask mandate. Trailside Elementary crossed the threshold for positive cases on Friday.

According to a letter from Principal Jim Martin to Trailside families, the school will be enforcing a mask mandate starting Monday, November 15th. He said the school crossed the 2% threshold for triggering a mandate on Friday, November 12th.

Martin tells families to have their children prepared with a mask when they arrive at school on Monday. He adds school staff will be able to share information on why the mandate is in place with students.

Some confusion over the school’s mask mandate persists because Martin’s letter says the mask mandate is in place, but the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard still shows Trailside under the 2% mark, at 1.86%.

KPCW asked the school district which data point families should follow, but has not received a response as of this report.

Late last month, Parley’s Park Elementary School was the first local school to trigger Summit County’s mask mandate, but the school did not begin strict enforcement until a week later. The county is currently investigating why the mandate was not immediately enforced.