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Washington County School District stops enforcing mask-wearing despite statewide requirement

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Posted at 8:17 PM, May 07, 2021

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A school district in southern Utah announced Friday that it will no longer require face coverings.

St. George News* reports that the Washington County School District’s board of education sent out an e-mail to faculty and staff Friday morning that stated: “It is our recommendation that masks should continue to be worn throughout WCSD schools, and we encourage all students to wear them.”

A district spokesperson specified to St. George News that the use of the word “recommendation” means the district will no longer enforce the wearing of masks on school grounds.

“We will encourage students to wear masks, but we will not mandate them," Steve Dunham said.

Even with public health orders around COVID-19 being terminated under the COVID-19 "endgame" bill, a mask mandate remains in effect for all K-12 schools across Utah until June 15 or the end of the 2020-21 school year, whichever comes first.

After protests continued, Gov. Spencer Cox reiterated this week that he will not lift the mandate.

READ: Utah's governor will not lift the K-12 mask mandate

Some districts, however, have decided to not require a doctor’s signature to qualify for a medical exemption in order for a student to opt out of the state requirement.

*St. George News is a content-sharing partner with FOX 13.