Students, staff and visitors to a Dubuque school will be required to wear masks starting Friday, Nov. 12, based on COVID-19 activity.

Officials notified Washington Middle School families and staff this afternoon that the number of active, positive cases at the school had exceeded 3% of students and staff at the building, crossing the threshold set by school board members to require masks.

As of this afternoon, there were 28 active cases at Washington, according to Dubuque Community Schools’ COVID-19 tracking dashboard.

Twenty-three of those cases were among students, and five were among staff members.

Washington Middle School is the district's third school to implement a masking requirement since board members approved the policy last month. Sageville and Hoover elementary schools previously had the temporary requirement.

At Washington, masks will be required of those who do not have an exemption until the positivity rate at the school falls below 3%, a message sent to families and staff states.

Districtwide, there were 122 active, positive COVID-19 cases among students as of this afternoon, plus another 26 cases among staff.

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