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Face masks won’t be required in Thompson Falls, Plains schools

Thompson Falls Elementary School
Posted at 2:59 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 12:24:08-05

THOMPSON FALLS — The Thompson Falls School District announced Wednesday that they would not be requiring students or staff to wear masks in their schools.

Thompson Falls Public Schools Superintendent Bud Scully says the district made a poll for the parents and staff, showing that it was 50-50, with more parents wanting to not enforce mask wearing.

Scully says the survey made it clear that the schools in Thompson Falls would not require masks. Scully says that having the county be so small and with such few active cases ensures the school district that not requiring the masks is best.

“Yeah, that’s the big thing, is that we have had such very few cases in the county, and Thompson Falls is a small district, and our people have been doing very good, and we are doing the best we can,” Scully said.

Scully also said that following the governor's directives about face coverings has always been in the Thompson Falls schools' COVID safety plan.

Meanwhile, the Plains Board of Trustees decided earlier this week that students and staff could have the option of wearing a face covering.

The policy states:

Optional Face Coverings

Staff, students, and visitors may wear a mask, face covering, or face shield while present in any school building. The School District does not require the use of masks and will not provide masks except in cases required by this policy or at the discretion of the administration.

To obtain a copy of the policy in its entirety, please contact Plains Public Schools Superintendent Thom Chisholm at 826-8600.