Face Masks Required In Mustang School Board's Return To School Plan

Tuesday, July 14th 2020, 6:45 am
By: Katelyn Ogle

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The Mustang Public School Board said students and staff will be required to wear face masks when classes resume next month.

“So we would expect 5th through 12th graders to wear masks throughout the day, whether they’re on school buses or classrooms [and] hallways,” said a school board member. “The face coverings for Pre-k through 4th are strongly recommended. We would ask that all of those students have a mask available at all times.”

The district said the schools would not give out the masks, but they would instead likely be on a school supply list.

The school board said teachers and staff will be required to wear face coverings which the school will require.

“What we’re going to do is provide a face covering for teachers. But if a teacher wants to wear a face shield that’s not in one of those special needs classrooms, I think that’s fine,” said a school board member. “Just know that’s not going to give you the same protection.”

The Return2Learn plan includes three different models parents can choose from.

The first model is traditional five day a week in-person learning with social distancing measures in place.

The district says with COVID-19 spiking, many parents may not be comfortable with sending their student to school. That’s why it came up with Mustang Virtual Academy, a 100% online learning environment.

The third option is called Mustang Blended. This is a mixture of the two but only for high school seniors. The seniors can attend some classes in person and the others online.

Mustang Public Schools said all of this may change depending on the COVID-19 situation, that’s why the plans are designed to be flexible.

Mustang Public Schools students go back to class on August 13th.