LASD, MCC change mask policies. 

October 19, 2021

LASD, MCC change mask policies. 

Board of eduction at Ludington Area School District and Mason County Central took action Monday, Oct. 18, to change each school’s mask policies. The MCC Board of Education voted 4-2, with one member absent, to rescind the school’s mask policy. LASD board of education voted 5-2 to allow parents to sign non-medical waivers from the mask requirements. 

At the beginning of the school year, MCC’s board followed its administrative staff’s advice of requiring indoor masks for students up to sixth grade, along with employees and other adults who were in contact with those students. The policy allowed for changes to be made based on reduced COVID-19 mitigation rates and the availability of vaccines for those age groups. The board had voted last year to allow the school administration to set COVID-19 protocols. However, that changed in August when the board voted to oversee the protocols. 

The LASD board chose to allow the administration to review the county COVID-19 mitigation rates and decide weekly on requiring masks when the rates were above 10%. Current rates are near 20% which means the school has required indoor masks. 

Both schools allowed for medical waivers previously. MCC’s policy now highly recommends the wearing of masks. Masks are still required on school buses, as mandated by the federal government. 

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