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Mask comments continue from audience at Gov. Mifflin School Board meeting

The Gov. Mifflin School District’s interpretation of state rules requiring masking in schools was again discussed Monday, as a handful of residents and parents debated whether mask mandates and recent district actions surrounding them were appropriate.

Heather Bouchard said her daughter is required to wear masks and social distance outside at recess and was punished for removing the mask outside, despite school policy not requiring masks outdoors.

A few other residents gave speeches decrying any requirements for mask wearing as government overreach.

Drew Weidner brought up the board’s Sept. 21 meeting, where a resident wearing a fishnet mask was asked by police to leave after being asked repeatedly by administrators to wear a proper face covering. However, the resident insisted the mask met state requirements.

Weidner questioned on what grounds the resident was charged with trespassing, and said he asked the board previously what the definition of a “proper mask” was but received no response.

Alyssa Oxenreider thanked the board and Superintendent Bill McKay for their professionalism and restraint, and for checking their politics at the door.

“It must be exhausting repeatedly dealing with misplaced anger over masks when the state has effectively tied the district’s hands,” Oxenreider said.

The board did not respond to any comments, and all discussion was civil, with none of the disruption that punctuated recent district board meetings.

Also at the meeting, the board approved Dr. Dina Wert as interim principal at Mifflin Park Elementary from Nov. 5 through Jan.31 at a rate of $500 per diem.

Wert will be covering for Melissa Paparella, who will be on family medical leave, officials said.


Source: Berkshire mont

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