Missoula school board to vote on mask mandate Tuesday

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Nearly 100 people showed up at the corner of Stephens Avenue and South Avenue West near the Missoula County Public Schools district office on Aug. 10 to protest the proposed mask mandate for all students in the district.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Skylar Rispens

The Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet virtually Tuesday to consider changes to the district’s face covering policy.

MCPS superintendent Rob Watson recommends the board continue mask guidelines for all students and staff. However, he requests the trustees direct the district’s COVID-19 task force to set parameters to modify the policy.

In August, trustees decided in a 6-3 vote to require masks indoors for at least the first six weeks of school to allow the district to collect its own COVID-19 data.

So far this year there have been 283 total cases of COVID-19 among district students and staff as of Friday, Oct. 8. Every building in the district has reported at least one case of COVID-19.

During the week ending Oct. 8 there

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