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LCSD1 leaders plan to continue following health experts advice on mask mandate in schools

The sign outside of LCSD1's Administration Offices Friday morning.
The sign outside of LCSD1's Administration Offices Friday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 12:05 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Monday night, the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees held a meeting. The majority of public comment came from members of the Cheyenne community asking LCSD1 to remove the mask mandate in schools.

“This is one of those issues that I think is more of an expert issue. I think listening to what our state health officials say, and what our county officials say and the guidance that we’re getting from the CDC, is kind of where we need to continue to stay as a district,” said LCSD1 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Boyd Brown.

Dr. Brown said he appreciated hearing from the community on Monday, but they plan on continuing to follow health officials advice. Laramie County Health Officer, Dr. Stan Hartman, said earlier this week, he would prefer if the mask mandate continues in schools until the end of the school year.

Brown and Hartman have both said they understand how hard the pandemic has been on everyone, and believe it’s not an if, it’s a when the mask mandate will be lifted. Brown said the Board of Trustees has the ability to take its own action, but feels they are all on the same page with continuing current protocols.

“I don’t see that happening at this time. I feel like they’re probably in the same vein, feeling like we need to follow our state and county health officials, and follow what they believe is the best for us.”

Board of Trustees Chair, Rose Ann Million Rinne, echoed Brown’s response, saying she doesn’t see the board voting to apply for a variance, and they will continue to follow health officials advice. Rinne wants the Cheyenne community to know that they are listening, but believes LCSD1 is too close to the finish line to make changes now. Rinne also said the majority of teachers they have spoke with, would like the mask mandate to stay in place for now as well.

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