September 22, 2021

At the September 21 meeting of the Pocatello/Chubbuck SD25 School Board, on a 3-2 vote, the Board reinstituted a mask mandate for the district.  According to a social media post from the district, the mask mandate applies to all students in grades K-12.  The district further states that the mask/face covering requirement allows for a provision for individuals to opt-out for a “legitimate medical exemption.”

Dr. Howell, Superintendent, said in the post, “As we continue to prioritize in-person learning, we recognize that to remain in school and to maintain all of our activities, we will need the cooperation of our staff, learners parents and patrons as we all persist in navigating the challenging conditions Covid-19 has on operating our schools safely and effectively.”

To view the meeting, click on the image, below.  Comments related to a mask mandate begin at 1:03:51.  Following comments, the Board takes up the action item of approving the “road map.”  This item is used as justification to make the mask mandate motion.  You can see this discussion and the subsequent vote beginning at 1:31:40.  This is done even though Board Member Cranor states, “The road map doesn’t indicate what action would be taken.”


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