Dubuque Community School Board members tonight reached a compromise to require masks in any school building when the COVID-19 positivity rate there reaches 3% or higher.

The 5-2 vote came at the board's regular monthly meeting. Kate Parks, Jim Prochaska, Anderson Sainci, Tom Barton and Nancy Bradley voted in favor of the motion, while Tami Ryan and Lisa Wittman voted against it.

Effective Monday, Oct. 18, the district will use its COVID-19 dashboard data to institute a temporary mandate for students, staff, parents and visitors in buildings when the positivity rate among total students and staff in that building is 3% or higher. The mask mandate would be dropped when the building's positivity rate falls below 3%.

Outdoor activities and indoor activities during which people can maintain distancing would be exempt from the mask requirement. Families also can request exemptions for medical, religious or brain health reasons or at the discretion of Superintendent Stan Rheingans or his designee.

As of Monday October 11, 2021, no district building had a positivity rate of more than 1.18%. Districtwide, there were 43 confirmed, active cases among the about 10,300 students and 10 active cases among the about 2,000 staff.



Whether you are for or against a mask mandate for Dubuque Schools, you may want to attend the Dubuque Community School Board meeting tonight at 5:30 .  Board members will be discussing and possibly be deciding whether to require masks in schools. Tonight's meeting will be held at the Forum, 2300 Chaney Road.

Board members have been discussing a  possible mask mandate since last month when a Federal judge temporarily ordered the state to stop enforcing a law banning schools districts from requiring mask mandates.  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has already appealed that preliminary injunction.


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