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Red Wing School Board Passes Mask Criteria

The Red Wing School Board met Monday night and voted 3 to 2 to require all Early Childhood and Elementary students to wear face coverings if community transmission levels of COVID are in the high or moderate range.

The vote also applies to all secondary students when in the high range.

Over 50 new cases per 100,000 people is considered high transmission, anything over 9 is considered moderate. Board Chair Pam Roe told Superintendent Karsten Anderson she couldn’t vote to require masks when the actual number of cases remain so low percentage wise.

Anderson told the board the criteria recommended by the COVID Response Team has solid logic behind it.

Board member Holly Tauer said the hope is vaccine shots will be made available to young children soon.

There can be a change in mask requirements made only after 3 consecutive weeks at a certain transmission level. Masks will still be recommended for all younger students in the low transmission level, meaning 9 and fewer cases, and for secondary students in the moderate and low levels.

Roe and Arlen Diercks voted no on the required mask mandate.

Nicky Buck and Jim Bryant were absent from the meeting.

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