Wood County Board of Education votes against requiring masks

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Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 10:19 AM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Wood County Board of Education voted against requiring masks in classrooms Friday morning during a special meeting.

The vote was 3-2.

By recommending but not requiring masks in schools, the state left the decision of whether to mandate them up to local departments of education. The Wood County Board of Education, therefore, is following the state’s lead by encouraging but not requiring them, said Michael Erb, coordinator of communications for the Board of Education.

The original proposal that the Board voted on included an amendment that would have required masks for children in preschool through fifth grade, but it was voted down in a 2-3 vote. The version without that amendment, which did not require masks at all, was then passed in a 3-2 vote.

Erb noted that, as always, such guidelines may be reassessed if COVID-19 conditions change, or if state mandates go back into effect.

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