Mask mandate takes effect Wednesday in Yukon Schools

Students can opt out of requirement, however

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YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth wears his face mask during an online video message to school district patrons. (Photo provided

Masks have been mandated in the Yukon Public Schools district, however, students can opt out of wearing them.

“It is a top priority of Yukon Public Schools to promote health and safety in our learning and working environments so that our students can remain in full-time, in-person learning this school year with layered prevention strategies in place,” according to a statement posted on the district’s website.

The mask mandate takes effect Wednesday, Sept. 8, a school spokesperson said.

“Therefore, it is immediately required that all YPS students, employees, and visitors must wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth when on YPS property and in YPS vehicles. YPS will provide a mask to any student, staff member or visitor who does not have one.

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According to the district’s website, there is an option for students.

“If a parent, legal guardian, or eligible student indicates that compliance with mask use is not possible due to medical, religious or strong personal reasons, the parent, legal guardian or eligible student may request an exemption in writing,” the district website reports.

A parent, guardian, legal custodian, foster care provider or student 18 years old and older can fill out a form to opt out.

Yukon Public Schools reported 9,155 students enrolled this fall. Classes are five days a week and in-person.

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