Parents speak out on mask requirement at school board meeting

One by one, Lincoln residents of all ages spoke to the Lincoln Board of Education, asking them to reconsider their stance on masks in schools.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –  One by one, Lincoln residents of all ages spoke to the Lincoln Board of Education, asking them to reconsider their stance on masks in schools.

“I’m going to ask you nicely: Stop putting my kids in masks, stop putting everyone else’s kids in masks, we know now that they don’t do anything,” one parent said.

Last week, Lincoln Public Schools announced that students in pre-kindergarten to sixth grade will be required to wear masks in school buildings and on school buses.

Many parents who spoke at Tuesday’s school board were opposed to the policy, but one parent asked the board to consider mask mandates for students of all grade levels.

“It’s just not fair to the kids who have to be there in person to not have the protection of masks,” parent Gina Frank said to the board. “I hope that you will all follow the CDC guidance and make masks universally required for elementary, middle, and high school.”

Masks are optional for vaccinated students in seventh through 12th grade and are strongly recommended but not required for unvaccinated students.

LPS superintendent Dr. Steve Joel explained the board’s decision was made in conjunction with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. He indicated that it is unlikely that the mask policy will change before school starts next week.

“We’re hearing that numbers are not going in the right direction with regard to the delta variant,” Joel said. “There’s not a whole window here or a lot of time to give consideration to [changing the mask policy].”

School starts next Monday, Aug. 16 for most students. Almost all students will be in school by Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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