Muskogee Public Schools’ board last night passed a mask mandate for all Muskogee schools, starting today, in defiance of a state law forbidding districts from mandating masks.
Exemptions are made for health reasons or strongly-held personal beliefs, according to a release from the district. Those wishing to exercise those exemptions must fill out forms from the schools, available at muskogeeps.org.
As COVID-19 and its Delta variant surge, infections are increasing, and this round, children are suffering symptoms and even dying.
“Since school started on August 24th, a number of factors have changed surrounding masks in schools,” Superintendent Jarod Mendenhal said. “A judge issued a temporary injunction regarding the state law that prohibited mask mandates for schools. We have also followed the COVID data within our district and have seen a steady number of positive cases. With those factors, we felt that it was the right thing to do to bring to the Board of Education the opportunity to have an open discussion regarding masks.”