Board votes to end Mask Mandate for Auburn-Washburn USD 437

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In 4-2 vote, Auburn-Washburn school board does away with mandatory mask requirement

Tim Hrenchir

Topeka Capital-Journal
The Board of Education for Auburn-Washburn USD 437 on Monday evening did away with the mask mandate it had approved in August.

The Board of Education for Auburn-Washburn USD 437 voted 4-2 Monday to do away with the district’s  mandatory mask requirement.

That board approved a motion at its regularly scheduled meeting making masks “encouraged but not required” for students, staff and visitors inside any district facility, Superintendent Scott McWilliams announced late Monday on USD 437’s website.

Board members Michael White, Bryan Smith, Matthew Ewald and Tara Dimick voted in favor of the motion.

“In my opinion, we have low (COVID-19) numbers, and I think we do owe it to everyone to try to make this work,” said White, the board’s president.

Board members Jacquie Lightcap and Tom Bruno voted against the motion. Board member David Hines was absent.

Masks will continue to be required for those on the district’s school buses due to a federal order and will also be required for students opting in to the district’s “Test to Learn” modified quarantine program, McWilliams said.

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