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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County Schools Board of Education will hold a special session Monday night to discuss masks and the COVID-19 plan for the new school year.

One of the first items on the night’s agenda is the district’s COVID-19 plan: COVID Ready, Set, Forward. The board is also expected to discuss the district’s mask policy, especially after the Alabama Department of Public Health’s new recommendation on masks.

Madison County Schools has said they will start the 2021-2022 school year with masks being optional but highly recommended inside buildings. Masks will be required on school buses.

The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. Those that couldn’t make it to the meeting can watch in this article or on the district’s YouTube page.

Huntsville City Schools is one of the few districts across the state to require maks for anyone over the age of two. While Madison City Schools announced masks will be optional at the start of the school year.