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December 1, 2021

8/16/2021 10:54:00 AM
To mask or not to mask, that is the question
With the Delta variant increasing COVID-19 cases, school officials are discussing whether they should require Stewartville students to wear masks when classes start this September.
After a lengthy conversation last week, the School Board appeared to agree district parents should have the freedom to decide whether or not their children should mask up at school.
"I don't feel I have the right to tell a parent they have to mask up their kids," said Scott Romens, School Board member. "For me, it's a personal choice."
If, however, COVID-19 cases reach an undesirable threshold after school officials give parents the freedom to choose on masks, the School Board also appeared to agree district officials should take additional action to stop the spread of the virus.
"I'm a big proponent of parents making the choice, but I want to make sure the choice doesn't have a negative impact on the kids," said Ryan Ravenhorst, School Board member. "I like the idea of reaching a certain threshold, and then we take action."
School Board member Nichol O'Neill agreed.
"We can start by saying it should be a personal choice, and then, if we reach a certain number of cases, we can take (a different) action," she said.
The School Board, which took no official action on the issue last week, is scheduled to vote on the matter at its regular meeting at the Central Education Center on Monday, Aug. 23. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
In the meantime, Rebecca Wortman, School Board chair, and Romens will work together to come up with a survey to send to Stewartville School District parents...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Aug. 17 Stewartville STAR.

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