WARRICK CO, Ind (WEHT) – Some students in Warrick County will need to make sure they pack a mask before heading into the classroom.

Back in November, masks became optional for all schools, but starting Monday, masks will be mandatory at eight of the county’s 18 schools.

The schools where a mandate is now back in place include Tecumseh High and Middle Schools, Boonville Middle, Castle North Middle, Lynnville, Chandler, Loge and Tennyson Elementary.

The mandate will last for ten school days and then be reevaluated.

As of January 7, the the schools with the highest percentage of students and staff in quarantine are Loge Elementary (11.5%), Boonville Middle (10.6%), and Lynnville (10.3%). The schools with the lowest percentage are Castle and Boonville High Schools, both with 2.2% of students and staff currently in quarantine.

Masks are still required for all students who use bus service.

Tecumseh High and Middle School sent out a statement that read:

“The current mask mandate at Tecumseh High and Middle School will commence on Monday, January 10th, and expire on Friday, January 21st. During this time, all staff and students will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status or previous COVID 19 diagnosis. On Friday, January 21, 2022, communication will be provided to parents and students regarding mask status at school. It is always our first priority in the Warrick County School Corporation to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. This two-week requirement is a response to the current positive cases and conditions.”