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Dunklin R-5 School District reinstates Mask Requirement

(Herculaneum) The Dunklin R-5 School District announced last week that they would once again be requiring students to mask up when on school grounds.

Superintendent Dr. Clint Freeman says in accordance with the district’s COVID-19 Response Plan, the board thought it would be best to implement a mask requirement with the recent number of positive cases.

Dr. Freeman added the board will look at COVID trends at its February meeting and determine if the mask requirement should be extended or expire. However, since the board approved the mask requirement, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has sent Dunklin R-5 a cease and desist letter.

The AG’s office argues the school board has no authority to authorize a mask mandate, in the state only a public health authority can mandate a mask requirement.

Other than Dunklin R-5, the Fox C-6 School District has implemented a face mask mandate.

Both Dunklin and Fox along with 50 other school districts in the state received cease and desist letters from the Attorney General’s Office.

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