Wichita School Board approves district’s proposal to ‘strongly recommend’ masks

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 7:04 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: It remains “strongly recommended” for Wichita Public Schools students and staff members to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The Wichita School Board approved the district’s plan, 4-3, at its meeting Monday night. The board did make a plea for students and teachers to get vaccinated, if they are eligible, and wear masks - even though neither is required.

A part of the plan includes masking for all visitors inside Wichita school buildings and certain quarantine guidelines if there is an exposure - if masks are being worn and if those who were exposed were vaccinated.

As a part of Monday night’s vote, the district must regularly monitor WPS data on COVID-19 as well as public health requirements and any changes should be brought back to the board for discussion or potential action.

The Wichita School Board is expected to finalize plans for the district’s COVID-19 response at a Monday meeting.

The spreading delta variant is elevating concerns for the start of school. Most WPS students start school on Thursday.

Currently, the district is strongly recommending indoors for students and staff – regardless of vaccination status. All visitors are required to wear masks.

Vaccines are also strongly recommended for students and staff.

The district also wants students and staff to have access to testing and sanitizing supplies throughout the year.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday.

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