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More Utah kids start first day of school with COVID protocols

Posted at 6:40 AM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 09:48:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY — More kids are getting ready for their first day of school this morning.

All students K through 12 will be required to wear a mask at all Salt Lake City schools.

READ: Legislation threatened over SLC mayor's K-12 mask mandate

SPECIAL SECTION: Utah Back-To-School

Mayor Erin Mendenhall ordered the mandate on Friday using emergency powers after a county mandate was overturned.

The school board and a local teachers union support the move.

So does the city council, which will need to renew the mandate after 30 days.

But there has been push back.

A group called Utah Parents United has questioned Mayor Mendenhall’s authority. While the mayor continues to defend her actions.

She wrote an article about it for our content-sharing partners at the Salt Lake Tribune.