Yankton School Board approves mask mandate

Yankton high school (file photo)
Yankton high school (file photo)(KSFY)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 9:50 PM CDT
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YANKTON, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Another school district has made the decision to require masks amid rising COVID-19 cases across the region.

The Yankton School Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to reinstate a mask mandate at all district schools. Students and staff must wear masks in school buildings from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Yankton schools required masks last school year, but their initial back to school plan did not include a mandate. Board members cited an increase in coronavirus cases statewide in their decision to reinstate it. South Dakota currently has a higher number of COVID-19 cases then it did last year at this time.

Tuesday night’s meet included well over an hour of public input from both those in favor and against the mask mandate.

Yankton is the second school district in South Dakota to reinstitute a mask mandate. The Mitchell School Board unanimously approved a mandate in a meeting Monday night.

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