(Lander, WY) – Fremont County School District #1 in Lander met for their regular school board meeting Tuesday, April 20, where mask use was a hot topic.
In a 4 to 3 vote, FCSD #1 approved to move forward with applying for a mask variance for the remainder of the school year. The application will be submitted to the Wyoming Department of Health for approval.
While there is no set timeline for how long this process takes, those in favor of the request hope students spend the last weeks in school without masks.
“No matter how this situation moves forward, input from both sides was appreciated,” board member Brett Berg stated. “But our main goal, is keeping kids in classrooms.”
In addition to the mask variance application, a resolution was passed in a 5 to 2 vote on a firm, no mask requirement stance going into the 2021-22 school year.
The resolution reads as follows:
Resolution to End Mask Mandate in the 2021/2022 School Year:
“Whereas the evidence shows that COVID-19 poses little risk to kids under 19 years of age; and
Whereas no children in the state of Wyoming have died as a result of COVID-19; and
Whereas all FCSD #1 staff have had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; and
Whereas masks have been shown to hinder the social, emotional, speech needs, and educational development of children,
Be it resolved that,
The School Board of Fremont County District #1 shall do everything in it’s legal power, and direct administration to do everything in it’s legal power, to ensure that the school year for 2021/2022 will be taught in-person with the wearing of masks strictly optional for both staff and students.”
Adopted 4/20/2021 by the Fremont County School District #1 Board of Trustees
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