The number of Iredell-Statesville Schools’ staff and students who missed class last week due to COVID-19 dramatically declined after the district stopped excluding individuals who were exposed to the coronavirus.

The I-SS Board voted last Monday to make masks optional for staff and students and stop individual contact-tracing efforts.

A total of 256 staff and students missed school last week after testing positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms. There was at least one positive test for COVID-19 at 24 I-SS schools.

Here’s the district’s data for the week of February 11-17:

I-SS COVID-19 Dashboard

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