Students, staff and visitors to a Dubuque school will be required to wear masks starting today, due to COVID-19 activity.

Officials notified families and staff at George Washington Middle School on Thursday that the number of active COVID-19 cases among students and staff at the building had exceeded the 3% threshold set by school board members to require masks.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were 25 active cases at Washington — 15 among students and 10 among staff, according to the district’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard.

At Washington, masks will be required for 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 106 active cases among students as of Thursday afternoon, as well as 40 cases among staff.

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