Fayetteville Board of Education votes to require face masks for students

Northwest Arkansas News

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fayetteville Board of Education voted to require students to wear face masks when school resumes this fall.

The policy will require all students in kindergarten through 12th grade to wear a mask or face covering while attending school or any school function on campus, or when riding in school-provided transportation.

Staff and visitors will also be required to wear face coverings.

Students may remove the masks when eating or drinking or when “appropriate social distancing measures are in place as determined by a teacher or school administrator.”

According to the policy, students may be exempted due to a “documented medical condition of the student.”

Superintendent Dr. John L Colbert said this situation is vital and the school district will always put safety first.

“The purpose of wearing masks is to protect the students as well as all of the staff members,” he said. “Trying to make sure we have things in place and when we get ready to return back to school everyone will be on the same page and understand when they return they must wear a mask.”

Dr. Colbert said the district is working on providing face masks for all students. For now, he asks parents to provide them for their children.

You can read the full policy below:

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