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Wichita Public Schools ‘strongly encourages’ masks for all students, staff

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Wichita Public Schools(KWCH)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 3:47 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Wichita Public Schools says it “strongly encourages all students and staff to wear a face mask while inside WPS schools, regardless of vaccination status” for the 2021-22 school year.

In a release on Wednesday, the district said all visitors (anyone who doesn’t have a WPS staff or student ID badge) will be required to wear a face mask while inside WPS schools.

The district will present its latest proposal on COVID-19 safety precautions to the Wichita School Board on Monday (Aug. 9). The board will make the final decision at that meeting.

We should know later this week whether masks will be required in Wichita Public Schools.

A spokeswoman for the district said its proposal will be presented to the board and shared with families by Thursday.

Last week, the CDC recommended masks be worn in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status. The updated guidance comes as COVID-19 cases rise across the country, and Sedgwick County remains a high-transmission area for the virus.

Masks are currently still optional in USD 259. The Wichita School Board vote on the district’s proposal on Aug. 9.

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