Face masks were a hot topic again during the Kiel School Board meeting on Wednesday, May 5.

During the Community Feedback section of the agenda, Rose Rabidoux and Ryan Harden spoke asking the board to discontinue the face mask requirement.

When community members speak during the Community Feedback segment, board members listen and take notes but do not comment during this part of the agenda. If there is a topic that they feel needs to be addressed the board members will add it to a future agenda for another meeting. This allows for board meetings with the agenda addressing the topics to be posted to inform the community to be present virtually or in person at that meeting.

The board did review the CDC requirements for schools and found that the CDC guidelines are what KASD is currently following. The CDC guidelines require at least three feet between school desks and students as long as students are wearing face masks. Dr. Ebert and board members are continuing to monitor the CDC guidelines, as well as the Manitowoc County Health Department recommendations. They will also be speaking with the insurance company regarding liability if the mask requirement would be discontinued. Members also will be inquiring how this would affect Workman’s Compensation and will discuss with legal counsel. The board will discuss the face mask requirements and their findings at the KASD Board meeting on June 2. At that time, they will discuss face mask requirements for summer school and Full Circle Care.

(For more on this story please see the May 13 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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