This Idaho High School started this year without a mask. COVID-19 was forced to change quickly


Codewell High School students and teachers are required to wear masks until early September.

Maskmandate, which also applies to elementary schools in Washington and Lincoln, will be effective until September 3 as a “precautionary measure for the next two weeks,” Coldwell School District Communications Director Jessica Watts said in an email update. rice field.

At this week’s district board meeting, the governing board monitored school absenteeism and decided to “meet to discuss next steps” when it reached 10%. It preceded the discussions that led to the Caldwell High School mission.

“We strongly encourage families and their children to stay home in the event of illness,” Watts said. “Masks are also recommended at other schools in the district.”

Districts throughout Idaho are revisiting masks and safety policies as the state’s proliferation of COVID-19 cases and public health officials warn of more contagious delta mutations. New obligations will be imposed.

The district is facing pressure from both sides of the problem: those who want mask obligations and those who are fighting for mask option policies.

Earlier this month, the Boise School District announced that everyone indoors would need a mask, regardless of vaccination status. The West Ada School District will discuss the new semester safety protocol on Tuesday night.

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