Mask policies at North Alabama schools, universities

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 4:46 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 4:30 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - School systems across north Alabama are constantly evaluating masking policies for students and teachers.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has put together a back-to-school guide for students, guardians and all school officials. Health officials say the guidance comes from the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC.

As the fall semester continues, school boards are deciding whether or not students and staff will be required to wear masks. Here’s a list of what schools, colleges and universities are doing around north Alabama so far.


Masks required:

  • Albertville City Schools (Update as of 9/2/2021 - mask mandate extended for two weeks)
  • Arab City Schools (Update as of 10/1/2021 - mask preferred starting Oct. 4)
  • Athens City Schools (Update as of 10/15/2021 - mask recommended starting Oct. 18)
  • Colbert County Schools (Update as of 10/28/2021 - masks optional starting Oct. 28)
  • Decatur City Schools (Update as of 10/19/2021 - mask preferred starting Nov. 1)
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Florence City Schools (Update as of 8/16/2021 - all students Pre-K through Grade 12 will be required to wear masks beginning Aug. 19)
  • Fort Payne City Schools (Update as of 10/1/2021 - mask requirement extended to Oct. 15)
  • Guntersville City Schools
  • Hatton Elementary School (Update as of 8/13/2021 - students transitioned to virtual learning for 10 calendar days)
  • Huntsville City Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools (Update as of 9/17/2021 - mask requirement extended to Sept. 24)
  • Madison City Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Muscle Shoals City Schools (Update as of 10/15/2021 - mask preferred status starting Oct. 18)
  • Russellville City Schools
  • Scottsboro City Schools (Update as of 11/9/2021 - mask mandate ends Friday, Nov. 19)
  • Sheffield City Schools (Update as of 9/30/2021 - mask requirement extended to Oct. 30)

Not required / optional:

  • Boaz City Schools (Optional masks begins on Oct. 4)
  • Lauderdale County Schools
  • Limestone County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools (TN)
  • Fayetteville City Schools (TN)
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Hartselle City Schools


Masks required:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Calhoun Community College (All campuses)
  • Drake State Community College & Techincal College
  • Northeast Alabama Community College
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College
  • Oakwood University
  • University of Alabama Huntsville
  • University of North Alabama

Not required / optional:

  • Athens State University

You can learn more about each district going back to school in WAFF 48′s Back-to-school story.

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