Update - Governor's Executive Order - Face Mask Requirements
*Update - 5-28-21, 1:30pm
This morning, Governor Brad Little issued an executive order which repealed the executive order that was issued yesterday by Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin banning mask mandates.
Governor Little defends local control with his new executive order, allowing school districts and other governmental agencies to require face masks per their precautionary protocols.
West Ada School District students, staff and visitors are required to wear face masks per the Pandemic Operating Plan and dress code through the remainder of the school year. Just as we shared yesterday, the district does not change operational procedures in the middle of a school day.
Students without a face mask today will not be cited for a violation of dress code. Staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a face mask when we come back from the Memorial Day holiday June 1, 2021. We do not want to risk students missing graduation or being quarantined on these valuable last days of school due to exposure to the virus.
Read Governor Brad Little’s Executive Order Here: https://gov.idaho.gov/pressrelease/gov-little-defends-local-control-denounces-lt-governors-irresponsible-abuse-of-power/
Posted Thursday, 5-27-21:
We have been in communication with the Governor’s office and they are reviewing the executive order signed by Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin prohibiting mask mandates. The Governor’s Office has indicated they will make a decision soon on any action they may take when it comes to the executive order.
Our goal will be to keep students in school Friday with as little disruption as possible and we ask for your patience as we wait for further guidance from the Governor’s Office. We also ask that parents encourage their students to wear masks, while we wait for this guidance.
Below is the email that went out Thursday afternoon:
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
Earlier today, Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates by the state and its political subdivisions, including public schools. It is not the practice of West Ada School District to change operations in the middle of the school day; therefore, masks will remain in place through today.
We are consulting legal counsel regarding the School Boards’ statutory authority under Idaho Code 33-512 to enforce certain health and safety protocols.
As soon as we have additional information it will be provided.