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By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Mask mandate quashed by H-M-S board after no vote

Proposal fails due to lack of a second at special meeting


November 12, 2020


The H-M-S school board could not reach a consensus Nov. 5 on whether to implement a mask mandate for grades 5-12.

Members of the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school board could not reach consensus on a district facemask mandate or how it would be implemented during a meeting on Nov. 5.

Board Member David Vander Broek made a motion to require grades 5-12 to wear masks during school hours whenever social distancing could not be achieved. No other board member seconded the motion, so it was not brought to a vote.

Board Vice President Scott Vollink asked if the mandate would apply to activities outside the school day and to non-school sponsored activities held in district facilities.

"I could support [a mandate]...

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