Schools boards and community members at Keystone and Allegheny-Clarion Valley school districts on Monday debated the masking mandate ordered Aug. 31 by the state Department of Health.
At Keystone, more than 100 people filled the elementary school’s cafeteria/gym to voice their opposition to the masking mandate. Ten people addressed the school board.
Keystone Acting Superintendent Michael McCormick, during his work session report, recommended to the board that the district enforce the mandate to avoid potential legal issues. However, when the matter came up for a vote, board President John Slagle suggested the matter be tabled until Sept. 27 or 28, depending on board member availability.
Slagle said legislative action might render the action moot by next week.
At A-C Valley, a group of parents also voiced opposition to the mask mandate and asked the board to vote to not enforce it.
However, the proposed action was not on the meeting agenda. The A-C Valley board opted to not take up the matter.
For expanded coverage of the meetings, please see the Sept. 24 edition of the Clarion News.