District Provides Update on Mask Wearing at Schools on Tuesday, September 14.
Yesterday, a federal judge issued an order that temporarily halts the Iowa law that banned mask mandates in school districts.
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, we will expect all students, staff and visitors to wear masks at school during school hours when physical distancing is not possible. Students will not have to wear a mask when seated to eat breakfast, lunch or while participating in recess or outdoor classroom activities.
Our extracurricular and co-curricular activities will remain unchanged until we receive guidance from our state athletic and music associations.
Pending the outcome of ongoing legal action in this case, these mask expectations may be revised. We do recognize that members of our school community have varying opinions on the wearing of masks. As a school district, we have the responsibility to make decisions based on state and federal law and are doing so with the implementation of this change in expectations based on yesterday’s order.
As a school district, we will continue the following:
Make masks available at school
Encourage regular hand washing and sanitizing opportunities throughout the day, especially before and after eating
Regularly clean high touch points
Practice enhanced daily sanitization of all classrooms
We will also continue to track and monitor the positive case totals and trends in each school and throughout the school district, notify parents and staff of positive cases, and collaborate with the Pottawattamie County Health Department as appropriate to determine if we need to adjust our practices and mitigation measures.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together as a supportive school community during this pandemic.