Mankato Area Public Schools switching face mask policy to ‘recommended’

Starting next week, face masks will be recommended but not required for all Mankato Area Public School students.
Published: Feb. 9, 2022 at 11:30 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2022 at 6:37 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Starting next week, the area’s largest school district is making face coverings optional for students.

In a note sent to families via email, Superintendent Paul Peterson says face masks will be recommended but not required for students in grades Pre-K through 12 starting next week. They had previously been required for students up to 8th grade.

Peterson says the change comes following a significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout the district and they will continue to review school-level health data and make changes to mitigation strategies on an as-needed basis.

The district says the federal mask mandate on all public transportation, which includes school buses, remains in effect.

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