STEPHENSON — Beginning Monday, the Stephenson Area Public School District will begin requiring masks at all times.

This decision comes after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order restricting gathering sizes and requiring face coverings in public spaces.

Previously, students and staff were only required to wear masks on buses and in the hallways but were allowed to remove their masks in their classrooms.

This announcement was made via an open letter to the community written by Superintendent Susanne Carpenter, published on Thursday.

The same letter also states that any student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school will immediately contact the Health Department to begin contact tracing. The health department determines who must be quarantined for how long. Anyone who has been within six feet of a person who has tested positive with the virus for 15 minutes or more must quarantine.

The school district also has implemented other cleaning and screening practices at the beginning of this academic school year, that it will continue with moving forward.