Moline-Coal Valley school district to vote on masks for upcoming school year

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UPDATE: The Special Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

Dr. Rachel Savage, Superintendent of Schools, released the following statement:

In light of Governor Pritzker’s recent executive order requiring masking in schools, the Moline-Coal Valley School District will follow suit and require masks for all district staff and students until such a time the mandate is lifted. At that time, mask guidelines will be reviewed and determined based on the conditions of the pandemic. While it is not the news many wanted to hear, I urge our community to focus on what is most important and that is fully opening our schools, five days per week, for full school length days and then keeping them open. Re-engaging our students full time in the classroom is our most urgent priority and we cannot wait to welcome our students and families back on August 17th.

EARLIER UPDATE: The Moline-Coal Valley School will vote on the use of masks at a special meeting on Thursday, August 5th.

If approved, the proposed measure would “strongly recommend” the use of masks by all staff and secondary students and require masks for all elementary students. Those policies could be adjusted as positivity rates and the age range for vaccinations change.

The Moline-Coal Valley school year starts Tuesday, August 17th.

The Rock Island-Milan school district started school on Monday with similar mask policies.

The public can attend the meeting in person or virtually. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

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