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Board of Trustees Keeps Mask Requirement, Removes it for Outdoors

Students and teacher in a classroom wearing masksMay 11, 2021 - Tonight, the West Ada Board of Trustees voted that for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, students will be required, while indoors, to wear a cloth face covering (mask) that fully covers the nose and mouth and fits snug against the sides of the face. Students will be allowed mask breaks when determined necessary by the teacher and appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Mask breaks will not happen in the classroom.


The board also voted to make face coverings (masks) optional for outdoor activities (before school, after school, recess, lunch, physical education, outdoor classroom activities, etc.).


The board also approved that, during the summer months, face coverings (masks) will be optional for all school district activities, including summer school, summer intervention programs, and extra-curricular activities.


The West Ada School District Administration and Trustees will determine mask requirements/expectations for the 2021-2022 school year during a board meeting prior to the new school year. It is the intent of the District to be mask optional for the 21-22 school year, as long as student safety can be met.


The Board of Trustees wishes to thank all the parents/guardians, teachers, staff, students, and patrons that gave public testimony. Their honesty and respectfulness were appreciated.