Tomah school district continues mask requirement despite court’s overturning mandate
TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Despite the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, the Tomah Area School District announced that it will continue to require students, staff and visitors to wear face coverings in its buildings and at its events.
District administrators and school board members believe face coverings have contributed largely in the district’s COVID-19 mitigation success, according to a news release from the district.
“Our community’s commitment to wearing face coverings has allowed TASD to offer face-to-face instruction at all levels for the greater part of the year,” the release said.
It also gave the school board the confidence to approve the return of sixth- through 12th-grade students to four days of in-person instruction.
Requiring masks “is an important safety practice that allows our schools to continue the delivery of educational services to students in a face-to-face setting without interruptions in this last quarter of the year,” the release said.
“Your continued cooperation is a pivotal part of us finishing this school year health and in-person,” the district said.
The conservative-leaning state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Wednesday that Evers violated state law by unilaterally issuing multiple emergency orders to extend the mandate for months. The court found that Evers should have had legislative approval to issue more orders after his initial 60-day mandate expired.
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