Mask mandate in Utah County schools to continue through June 15

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The “Endgame” Bill, which was signed by Gov. Spencer Cox recently, sets the end of the statewide mask mandate for April 10. But there is still some confusion regarding differences the difference between the statewide and K-12 schools mask mandates.

All three of the Utah County School Districts confirmed Tuesday that communications will be sent out district-wide in the near future to clarify that while the statewide mask mandate ends April 10, the K-12 mask mandate does not end until June 15.

An organization called See My Smile has protests planned across the state for April 10 at 4 p.m. The districts listed on the organization’s website include Davis County School District, Murray School District, and Utah County’s Alpine School District with parents protesting the difference in the two dates.

“We understand that there are many differing opinions about masks,” said David Stephenson, Alpine School District administrator of public relations. “I will say that the board of education or a district has no legal authority to alter mask exceptions before that June 15 date. The board, the superintendent, a school principal, or a school teacher does not have the authority to change the mask order. We are hopeful that our community, our parents, and our students will understand that we don’t have the legal authority to change that and they will help our schools finish this school year strong.”
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