Effective Wednesday, April 14, 2021 USD 214 Schools will Recommend Masks Not Require Masks in Schools
by Shayla Hernandez-Jaquez | April 12, 2021 9:51 pm
The USD 214 School Board voted unanimously tonight at their monthly school board meeting to recommend masks in the schools but not require them. Superintendent Dave Younger made the recommendation to the board. Younger stated that Ulysses is the only district in the GWAC league that still requires masks in the schools. All other GWAC schools have mask recommendations but not mandates.
Liberal, Garden City and Dodge City schools still require masks in their facilities.
Younger stated, “As you can see on January 25, we have 14 positive cases in the county, not the school, the county, and nine pending cases.” Younger stated that there have been six days since there has been zero cases in the county with five pending. Today there are two positive cases with one pending. “The last time we were in double digits was February 12 with 10 cases and steadily gone downhill since then. I worry, as a nation, about this fourth surge but we haven’t seen it,” Younger added.
Younger stated that there hasn’t been a positive student case since February 4. There was a positive staff member two weeks ago.
Younger added, “I have talked to a lot teachers, not all. I did not do a survey but have talked to a lot of staff and it was darn near unanimous about getting rid of the masks. My recommendation at this point is, ‘we recommend masks but not require them.”
The board approved unanimously to approve the recommendation by Superintendent Younger, 7-0.
More information will be available in The Ulysses News on Thursday!