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Denver School Board votes to make mask usage optional

DENVER, Iowa (KWWL) -- On Sunday, May 16th, the Denver School Board voted 5-0 to change the mask policy for students effective Monday, May 17th.

Students will have the option to wear their masks in the final weeks before the semester ends.

The Denver School Board made this decision in accordance with the Iowa Department of Public Health's and the Iowa Department of Educations guidelines.

Representative Scott Krebsbach issued the following comment below from the school board meeting on Sunday:

At the very start of this pandemic our Board has been very clear that we would follow the guidelines of the IA Department of Public Health and the IA Department of Education.  We have consistently maintained that position all along.  Last Thursday and Friday new guidelines were provided, and based upon our consistent application of those guidelines our Board voted 5-0 to change our policy to encourage the use of masks, but make mask usage optional effective Monday May 17th, 2021.  Our administration and staff are prepared to closely monitor and respond as we finish the year with the same attention we have had all year.  And of course, we very much appreciate our parents who have also helped to make in person learning possible for the entire school year.

Representative Scott Krebsbach

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