Mask requirement will end soon in Wichita Public Schools

June 30, 2021 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ largest school district won’t require students and teacher to wear face masks or get a COVID-19 vaccination during the upcoming school year.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools on Wednesday reviewed the district’s reopening plan, but took no formal action. The board previously delegated COVID operational decisions to the superintendent.

“Current data and public health recommendations, as well as feedback from stakeholders, lead us to masks being optional for all,” said Superintendent Alicia Thompson, noting that district survey feedback had opinion on all sides of the mask debate.

The mask requirement in district facilities will end July 6.

“We will strongly encourage that students, parents and employees get their COVID vaccine,” she said.