R.I. education board’s vote means school mask mandates

THE R.I. COUNCIL on Elementary and Secondary Education has voted to reject any district's back-to-school plans that don’t include mask mandates. Above, Students wearing protective masks walk past a "Welcome Back" sign before the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla. AP FILE PHOTO/CHRIS O'MEARA
PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's education council has voted to reject any district's back-to-school plans that don’t include mask mandates, essentially requiring face coverings for all K-12 students this fall, despite being told by a state Education Department lawyer that it did not have the authority to do so. After the R.I. Council on Elementary…

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  1. Well intentioned or not, it’s getting out of control with all this unchecked “power” by entities taking action that is advised as being unlawful….craziness. For those who cherish democracy i do hope parents continue to fight this and do indeed bring a lawsuit. It’s lunacy.

    In the meantime, i would hope those (especially members of this Council) who are adamant about children wearing facemasks for 8 hours a day in a building without A/C are just as adamant about wearing one themselves for the same amount of time and under the exact same conditions in their jobs, homes and private businesses, regardless of their vax status, just as the children and vaccinated teachers will be required to do everyday