The safety of our employees and students is our top priority. Adherence to safety procedures and policies have played a vital role in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Although the COVID-19 positive cases throughout the school district and surrounding communities have declined, we still have new cases being reported daily. Governor. The CDC still recommends that individuals, whether vaccinated or not, wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus on school campus. All Russell County Schools will continue to require the wearing of face masks as outlined in our reopening plan until further notice.