CROWN POINT, Ind. (CBS) — Masks will be now required in schools in Crown Point, Indiana because of a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The Crown Point Community School Corporation said after just nine days in school, 55 people in the district have tested positive for COVID-19. Another 880 people are under quarantine as close contacts.

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The district noted that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has empowered the state health commissioner to establish requirements schools must follow when students test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close conducts. The commissioner issued an order under which in mask-optional environments, anyone within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person is a close contact, while in classroom environments where masks are required, that figure is reduced to three feet.

So that its schools can use the three-foot measurement, reduce close contact numbers, and keep kids in school, masks will be required during the school day in Crown Point effective Wednesday.

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Under state rules, vaccinated close contacts do not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine for 10 days – but they can return earlier, after eight days, if they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result after day five of quarantine.

“Some of you will welcome this change, while others will not,” the district said.

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All COVID-19 information for Crown Point schools can be found at the district website.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff