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DougCo School Board votes on end mask requirement

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The Douglas County Board of Education debated Tuesday night whether parents and students should wear masks in schools.

About 100 people signed up to speak in the public comment section of the more than three-hour meeting. Many argue that covering the face makes learning difficult and violates individual freedoms. Others say face coverings, which have been implemented as a COVID-19 control measure, are an important safety tool in schools.

Douglas County currently does not have a countywide mask requirement for indoor public spaces, unlike most other major city counties.

The resolution recommends individual and parent choice regarding whether children should wear face coverings at school while allowing appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. The resolution also states that there will be no district policy that requires the specific mandate of a universal COVID vaccine for students or staff unless required by law or public health order.

Hannah Nunn, a teacher for the district, was one of the speakers before the panel. She said the majority of students do not follow the current mask-wearing rule.

“Teachers receive attitudes and gazes, even from students whose parents are adamant about the duty of wearing masks. Nunn said.

Some students argued that their health and safety should be the primary concern of the board.

The council has yet to vote on the resolution.

https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/dougco-school-board-to-vote-on-ending-mask-requirement/ DougCo School Board votes on end mask requirement

Emma Bowman

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