At least two Northeast Kingdom schools have seen a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases since shifting to an option mask policy

At least two Northeast Kingdom schools have seen a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases since shifting to an option mask policy. In an alert to school staff and families, Caledonia Central Superintendent Mark Tucker said the rise in cases had been seen at Barnet and Cabot elementary schools and the potential a similar rise is developing at Walden. CCSU schools eliminated its mask requirement on March 7, as did most NEK schools, a week ahead of the announced statewide recommendation to make mask-wearing optional in schools. Mask wearing is optional and not monitored at CCSU schools. Tucker said it appears the increase is connected with the change in masking but it’s difficult to say definitively.