Okoboji School Board Adopts Mask Mandate During Three Hour Plus Meeting

Tue 10-6-2020

(Milford)-- The Okoboji School Board last (Mon.) night unanimously approved a measure requiring faculty and students in 1st through 12th grades, as well as visitors, when within six feet of another during the school day, wear an approved face mask. It also requires face masks be worn at all times on district transportation and in halls. Exceptions may include recess, lunch, physical education and during “designated mask breaks”. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are “highly recommended” to wear approved face masks.

For activities, the district says it will work with coaches and sponsors and visiting teams to ensure approved face masks are worn as needed.

Students not wishing to comply will be allowed to enroll in the district's online option. Medical exceptions can be made by filing the necessary paperwork with the district office.

The measure goes into effect Wednesday.

Okoboji School Board member Tracy Evans said she hopes it doesn't become an enforcement issue...Okoboji Mask Mandate01 

"I just hope that it doesn't become a policing thing where the teachers are, you know, spending a lot of their time dealing with kids trying to have them pull it up, now their nose is out, put it back on, you know, all this stuff. Or even at the events where, you know, I'm sure a lot of you saw that video where now we have police coming in and taking people out of the stands. You know I just hope that it can remain that we're all just trying to do the best we can here and, you know, to have some understanding with it."

School Board President Brad Droegmiller says it all boils down to new quarantine guidelines for schools issued last week by the Iowa Department of  Public Health...Okoboji Mask Mandate02 

"This quarantine thing, I get it. 14 days, sit in quarantine and you can test negative every single day. I get what you're saying. You may not be sick at all and you have to sit in quarantine. That's wrong. That is wrong."

Last night's special meeting of the Okoboji School Board went on for a little more than three hours.