Where Des Moines metro schools stand on masks after Iowa ban blocked
Des Moines metro schools are relying on guidance from their boards for how they should move forward after Iowa's law banning mask mandates in schools was blocked by a federal judge.
Driving the news: The judge's temporary restraining order issued Monday means schools can decide for themselves once again if they want to require students and staff to wear masks.
- Gov. Kim Reynolds condemned the decision, saying it ignores parental choice.
The big picture: Masks are a highly politicized issue and school boards are at the center of it again — making the upcoming Nov. 2 election a tense affair.
- And a sign of the times: Some school boards are only meeting virtually or they're holding discussions in closed sessions.
Here's where Des Moines metro districts stand on masks:
Ankeny: The school board listened to the school's legal council Tuesday night, but didn't hold public comment or a vote.
Des Moines: School board members affirmed Superintendent Tom Ahart's decision to require masks, starting today.
Johnston: School officials are recommending everyone, including vaccinated individuals, wear masks inside, per CDC guidelines.
Urbandale: Officials are recommending requiring masks indoors, except for medical exemptions. The board is holding a special meeting on mask usage tonight at 6:30pm.
- Doors open for the public at 6pm at the Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center. A livestream is available here.
Waukee: The school board has not scheduled a special meeting yet.
West Des Moines: The school board will hold a special meeting via Zoom on Thursday. Details about the agenda and the time are TBD.
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