Torrington Schools Considering K-8 Mask Mandate

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Goshen County School District No. 1 in Torrington is considering implementing a mask mandate for younger students during a special board meeting next week.

According to a public notice, the board plans to meet Thursday to discuss implementing a mask mandate for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, depending on county health status indicators. Board members will also discuss a plan in case the school district must transition to remote learning due the coronavirus.

School officials will take public comment regarding the possible mandate.

Teton County is the only county in Wyoming that has implemented a mask mandate that also applies to K-12 students. The University of Wyoming has implemented a mask mandate for students, staff and faculty until at least Sept. 20.

The Albany County School District in Laramie has also implemented a temporary mask mandate for K-8 students, as most of them are unable to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Only children 12 and older can be vaccinated with the Pfizer doses.

Gov. Mark Gordon has stated on numerous occasions that he will not implement a vaccine or mask mandate statewide, but has encouraged people to do both.

As of Friday, Goshen County had 51 active COVID cases.

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