School Board holds firm on lifting mask mandate

Thursday, February 18, 2021

At Wednesday night’s special school board meeting, Laurel School District teachers and staff and community members participated in a discussion regarding the trustees’ decision to keep masks optional after Gov. Gianforte lifted the mask mandate implemented by former Gov. Bullock.

Several teachers gave impassioned pleas to the board to reinstate the mask mandate while others, including community members, applauded the decision to have them optional.

Nearly 40 online submissions were also read with the responses about 60-40 requesting a mask requirement, at least through the end of the school year.

A representative from the teachers union questioned the board’s decision in regards to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in place which stated the trustees would follow CDC recommendations, which currently advise having mask mandates in place.


After the public discussion, the board members each spoke (with the exception of Mike Creeden) and gave their often emotional responses in favor of keeping masks optional in the district.


As of now, masks remain optional in the district.


See next week’s Outlook for full coverage.

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