Springfield, IL school board will discuss mask policy for students

Springfield, IL school board will discuss mask policy for students


School District 186 headquarters at 1900 W. Monroe St. in Springfield

Springfield School District 186 board of education members are considering a draft version of a Return to Learn plan that would require pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school students who cannot receive COVID-19 vaccinations to wear face masks indoors throughout the school day.

Middle school and high school students who have not been vaccinated would also be required to wear masks while those students 12 and over who have been vaccinated would not have to wear a mask.

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Several board members who made comments at Monday’s meeting preferred that path, shunning the idea of a “mask optional” model.

Ball-Chatham and Taylorville are among school districts that are going “mask optional.”

Riverton schools planned to vote on the issue Monday.

Earlier in July, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) followed the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in stating that masks “should be worn” indoors by all individuals age 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It was also adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

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