Cape Girardeau Public Schools Lifts Mask Mandate


On Thursday, October 14, 2021 many Cape Central students were found discussing the possibility of the mask mandate being lifted at the emergency board meeting held that night. After the emergency meeting occurred, the predictions of many students and CGPS families were correct and a statement was released via email to parents and guardians of students.

This statement issued stated that starting Friday, October 15, 2021 “masks will only be required on campus in the event a student/staff member identified as a close contact and is unvaccinated OR if a fully vaccinated person identified as a close contact does not wish to be tested for COVID-19.”

This message reiterates the fact that the school board is continuing to encourage parents and guardians to keep their child(ren) at home if they are not feeling well in hopes of keeping the COVID-19 spread low in the school environment. 

Cape Central Junior High School science teacher, Ms. Julie West stated, “Whether or not this is going to be permanent, nobody really knows, but I believe some students will be really excited, some will be very hesitant about it. Again, we are really just going to have to wait and see.”

To find out more about specific guidelines and other COVID-19 information, visit, and click on the COVID Safety link.