Kids In Washington Just Got Some Great News Concerning Masks In Schools

Kids In Washington Just Got Some Great News Concerning Masks In Schools

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, along with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal have made announcement that is going to make the kids and teachers in their schools very, very happy.

The pair announced that both teachers and students will no longer be required to wear masks come March 21.

The announcement, made on Thursday, comes about as one school district was closed for two days after the board decided via vote to toss out the mask mandate in violation of the state’s mandate.

“This is a big moment,” Reykdal went on to say during a press conference. “It means we have a little bit more flexibility now to take that next step.”

via Washington Examiner:

Inslee said masks would not be required at schools, child care facilities, and most other businesses but that they must still be worn on school buses and public transportation.

School districts will then have the choice of whether to require masks for their students and staff. Last week, Reykdal called on Inslee to remove the mask mandate for schools. His request came amid two school districts scrapping their mask requirements.

On Tuesday, the Richland School Board approved “mask choice” by a 3-2 vote, causing a two-day emergency closure as the district assessed warnings from Reykdal that schools in defiance of the state mandate could risk losing their funding. In northeastern Washington, Kettle Falls School Board also voted Monday to make masks optional.

“Failure to follow the law and executive orders may lead to [the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction] withholding, and eventually reducing, your funding; and you may have personal liability if you willfully violate a law, safety order, or executive order,” Reykdal said in a written piece.

The Richard School Board voted 4-1 to bring back the mask requirement on Thursday night during an emergency board meeting.

“We believe students belong in school, so we decided to keep them in person in the classroom with their teachers,” Richland School Board President Jill Oldson commented. “In order to do that, they’ll have to wear the mask. We encourage the Richland School District community to take heart and hang on for the next few weeks as we are so close to no longer having the mask mandate come March 21.”

Free these poor kids — and their teachers —  from these draconian measures so they can have some semblance of a normal life.