The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

H-M-S implements district-wide mask requirement

Policy to be reviewed again by board in January


November 19, 2020


H-M-S Elementary Principal Cathy Jochims helps a student with a backpack on the first day of school. The board of education on Monday approved new mask rules for students in light of the governor's mandate.

Effective Tuesday, the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District is now requiring that facemasks be worn whenever social distancing is not possible.

School board members voted on Monday to remove language in the district's return to learn plan recommending optional use of face coverings and replace it with a requirement that they be worn.

"I would entertain the idea of continuing that for grades K-12 when unable to social distance until the January board meeting, and then revisit it," said Board Vice President Scott Vollink.

The motion to approve the mandate was made by Vollink and s...

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