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RPS board votes unanimously to end masking requirement

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 7:55 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Tuesday night, Rochester Public Schools board voted to amend the current mask guidance in its schools from a full requirement to a strong recommendation. Masking requirements will now be conducted on a building-by-building basis for RPS.

“This would not be, should the board choose to adopt a recommendation I am making tonight, the end of a mask requirement in public schools. It would shift from a district wide requirement to a building by building requirement,” said RPS Superintendent Kent Pekel.

If a school building has a positivity rate greater than five percent, then mask requirements may be reimplemented for that building for two weeks.

PEKEL: “This policy, once again, is not abandoning mask requirements, it’s having to be driven by the actual increase where it occurs in case rates.”

Masks are still required in RPS early childhood programs for children younger than five, those in health services, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 and those who finished five days of isolation following a positive test.

This comes on the heels of the CDC updating its masking guidance from falling rates of COVID-19 throughout the country.

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