School board votes to amend mask policy

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to amend Policy: 1.19: Wearing Masks and Face Coverings as follows:

Amend the policy as stated below effective November 15, 2021, for grades 7 – 12 students and staff members in those school buildings and in district administrative and support buildings.
Amend the policy as stated below for grades K-6 students and staff members in those buildings beginning December 23, 2021.

Amend the policy to strongly recommend masks or face coverings and remove the mask requirement, as described herein, as long as the district community stays below 30 cases per 10,000 (as reported by ACHI for “Fayetteville Public Schools”). If the district stays above 30 cases per 10,000 for a consecutive 14-day period, the mask mandate would automatically go back into place until such time that the district stays below 30 cases per 10,000 for a 14-day period.

“I feel that as a board we truly worked together as a team with each other, our FPS staff members, and the community to develop a plan that keeps the health of our students, staff, and the community in focus. Thank you for placing your confidence in us as we made this important decision,” said Nika Waitsman, Fayetteville Board of Education president.

“I am grateful for the work of our school board and staff as they weighed all of the information and worked together to forge an amendment to the policy that continues to keep our students, staff members, and community safe,” said Superintendent Dr. John L Colbert.

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