Omicron will spread quickly in schools, MS experts say. Are Coast districts listening?

Most of the Mississippi Coast’s 11 school districts are not enforcing a mask mandate as students return to in-person classes this week following the holidays and a rapid spike in omicron COVID-19 cases. Biloxi, Pass Christian, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Jackson County School Districts are open this week with optional mask wearing for students and staff, despite calls from Mississippi State Department of Health officials to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for universal indoor masking by all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.
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