JOPLIN, MO – A re-entry plan has been approved by the Joplin Schools Board of Education.

Board members held a special session tonight to continue talks, and fine tune wording, as they prepare for the start of school a week from Monday.

Masks may be worn by students and staff, but will not be mandatory.

Also, students and staff identified as a close contact and told to quarantine, may remain in, or return to school immediately, as long as they wear a mask while in a school building and show no COVID-19 symptoms.

After 10 days, that person would no longer be required to wear a mask in a school building, 5 days if a negative test is provided.

If you’d like to see the district’s entire re-entry plan, click here.