School board clarifies mask requirements

An emergency meeting of Cabool Board of Education was held Wednesday evening, September 9, and clarifications were made to the district’s requirements on wearing masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Some revisions were then made at the board’s September 14 meeting.

Action taken by board members Shelby Ellison, Cynthia Flanagan, Stephen Hawkins, Mike Luerssen, Michael McCall, Jacob Reese and Shaun Watson September 9 included:

  • All staff members are required to wear masks when they are not able to social distance from others. Persons with a medical condition that prohibits wearing a mask are exempt.
  • All students in grades 5 through 12 are required to wear a mask unless they have a medical condition that prohibits it. The requirement for masks will be part of the school’s dress code, and not complying will be insubordination, which can result in in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension.
  • Athletes will be required to wear masks when they are not able to social distance or are actively participating in practice or competition. Failure to follow this requirement will result in discipline at the discretion of the coach.
  • Spectators at games will be required to wear a mask to enter, but the wearing of a mask at during the event will be up to the spectator.

On September 9, it was decided that all persons riding school buses would be required to wear masks. That was changed at the board’s September 14 meeting to only require masks for persons in fifth grade and up and to allow for exceptions when a person has a medical condition that prohibits wearing a mask.

Also on September 14, an exception to mask wearing in classrooms was allowed for special education classrooms.

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