Missoula school trustees vote to keep mask mandate

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In a meeting Tuesday night, the Missoula County Public Schools board of trustees voted to continue the district’s mask mandate.

The board will also allow its COVID-19 task force to set parameters as to when to lift the policy.

Superintendent Rob Watson recommended the district keep the mask requirement in place and empower the task force.

Trustee Jeff Avgeris amended the motion to include a four-week deadline for the board to revisit the policy. Trustees approved Avgeris’ amendment in a 6-4 vote.

Watson’s recommendation with Avgeris’ amendment was approved by the board in an 8-2 vote, with trustees Mike Gehl and Jen Vogel voting against.

“At this point the administration is recommending to continue our face covering guidelines but I wanted to say that I think one of the big unknown questions, and it’s a legitimate question, is how long do we continue this?” Watson said Tuesday night.

The district’s COVID-19 task force met several times in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s meeting to revisit the mask mandate and has not yet come to a conclusion on what triggers would be used to lift the mask policy.

Not all trustees were in support of Avgeris’ deadline amendment to Watson’s recommendation, with trustees Arlene

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