Minneapolis

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth schools move to reinstate mask mandates

2021-08-05 16:39:24 –

Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools are moving to bring back mask mandates for all staff, students and visitors regardless of whether individuals have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Face coverings will be required in all Minneapolis School District buildings beginning Monday. On Tuesday, St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard will present to school board members a mask mandate plan that would go into effect Aug. 18.

The action comes amid a surge in the delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul recommended Tuesday that people return to wearing masks in public indoor spaces, and both cities are requiring masks be worn in city-owned buildings.

In a news release Thursday, Minneapolis Public Schools cited recommendations from the state Department of Health that point to masking as “a critical way to protect children who cannot yet get vaccinated, along with others who are not vaccinated.”

State education officials also recommended last week that indoor mask-wearing be required for all students and teachers this fall.

Final decisions, however, belong to individual school districts.

St. Paul’s mask requirement would apply to children ages 2 and older, and is expected to be voted upon by the school board on Aug. 17.

Duluth Public Schools also is broadening its mask mandate. Currently, children ages 2 through fifth grade, plus the staff members who work with them, must wear face coverings. Beginning Monday, masks will be required for all students, staff and visitors in the district’s buildings, except those who are medically exempted.

The district plans to announce a final decision on its 2021-22 school year protocols by Aug. 24.

Anoka-Hennepin, the state’s largest district, continues to recommend but not require face masks and will be posting back-to-school updates on its website at www.ahschools.us.

Spokesman Jim Skelly said the district’s top goal is to “return to school with in-person instruction, five days a week.”

rn{% endblock %}"},"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/limit-signup-optimizely/start"},{"id":"limit-signup","count":12,"action":"ignore","mute":true,"action_config":{"template":"{% extends "grid" %}rnrn{% block heading_text %}Youu2019ve read your 10 free articles for this 30 day period. Sign up now for local coverage you wonu2019t find anywhere else, special sections and your favorite columnists. StarTribune puts Minnesota and the world right at your fingertips. {% endblock %}rnrn{% block last %}rn{{ parent() }}rn{# limit Krux pixel from https://www.squishlist.com/strib/customshop/328/ #}rnrnrn{% endblock %}"},"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/limit-signup/start"},{"id":"meter-desktop-331","count":10,"action":"ignore","mute":false,"action_config":false,"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/meter-desktop-331/start"},{"id":"PDA991499opt","count":9,"action":"ignore","mute":true,"action_config":false,"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/PDA991499opt/start"},{"id":"limit","count":8,"action":"inject","mute":false,"action_config":{"template":"

rnrnrnrn

rn

rn

rn rn

rn t

rn SUBSCRIBErn Already a subscriber? Log in.rn

rn

All Star Tribune readers without a Digital Access subscription are given a limited number of complimentary articles every 30 days. Once the article limit is reached we ask readers to purchase a subscription including Digital Access to continue reading. Digital Access is included in all multi-day paper home delivery, Sunday + Digital, and Premium Digital Access subscriptions. After the 1 month Premium Digital Access introductory period you will be charged at a rate of $14.99 per month. You can see all subscription options or login to an existing subscription herern

rn rn

rn

rn

rn

rn

rn"},"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/limit/start"},{"id":"nag","count":7,"action":"lightbox","mute":true,"action_config":{"height":null,"width":"630px","redirect_on_close":null,"template":"{% extends "shell" %}rnrn{% block substyles %}rn

rn{% endblock %}rnrn{% block page %}rn{#rnrn{{ limit - count - 1 }}rnrn{{ form.flow_form_open({nextAction: 'firstSlide'}, null, null, '_top') }}rn {{ form.btn('Save Now') }}rn{{ form.flow_form_close() }}rnrn

rnrnrnu2022 rnrnrnrn#}rn

rn

rn

You have {{ limit - count - 1 }} articles left

rn

rn rn u00a0u00a0u2022u00a0u00a0rn rn

rn

rn

rn

rn Save More Todayrn

Over 70% off!

rn

rn

rn

rn

99u00a2 for first 4 weeks

rn {{ form.flow_form_open({nextAction: 'firstSlide'}, null, null, '_top') }}rn {{ form.button('Save Now', 'btn nag-btn') }}rn {{ form.flow_form_close() }}rn

rn

rn{% endblock %}rnrn{% block last %}rn{{ parent() }}rnrn{% endblock %}"},"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/nag/start"},{"id":"x","count":4,"action":"ignore","mute":true,"action_config":false,"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/x/start"},{"id":"multi-start","count":3,"action":"fly_in","mute":true,"action_config":{"location":"bottom_left","slide_direction":"bottom","group_id":null,"display_delay":"0","collapse_delay":"10","template":"

rn

rn

rn

rn u00d7rn

rn

rn

From just

rn

$3.79 99u00a2 a week

rn Save nowrn

rn

rn

"},"start":"https://users.startribune.com/placement/1/environment/3/multi-start/start"}]};


Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth schools move to reinstate mask mandates Source link Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth schools move to reinstate mask mandates

Back to top button