Laramie County Health Officer prefers that the mask mandate continue in schools until end of this school year

Laramie County Health Officer, Dr. Stan Hartman, during an interview Tuesday afternoon.
Laramie County Health Officer, Dr. Stan Hartman, during an interview Tuesday afternoon.(Will Thomas)
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 6:21 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Monday night, the Laramie County School District One Board of Trustees held a meeting. Though it wasn’t the original focus of the meeting, the majority of the public comment period was spent with LCSD1 parents and students voicing their concern with the continued mask mandate in schools. Laramie County Health Officer, Dr. Stan Hartman, sat in on the meeting.

“What I took away was a lot of frustration, this has been a long difficult year, the pandemic has been hard on everyone.”

Dr. Hartman said the community has to remember that a lot of students in the country haven’t stayed in school like Wyoming students have. He said one of the reasons the schools have been able to stay open is because of masks. Mainly because if students were exposed to a positive case, but were wearing masks, not everyone has to quarantine.

“Whether people agree or like the masks or not, they really have helped us keep in person classes going for a whole year.”

Dr. Hartman said he will be taking all the public comments from last nights meeting into consideration. He said though there has not been a decision made yet on the mandate, he would prefer if it stayed in place until the end of the school year.

“It’s not whether they are going to go away, it’s just a matter of timing at this point and while it’s my preference to stay the course til the end of the year, that decision hasn’t been made yet, no decision has been made yet, we’re going to be talking amongst ourselves and the state.”

Dr. Hartman said LCSD1 does have the ability to apply for the variance from the State Health Officer on its own.

Wyoming News Now was unable to speak with LCSD1 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Boyd Brown, on the district’s plan of action today, but we will be speaking with Dr. Brown later this week.

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