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Scottsbluff teacher urges Governor Ricketts to issue a mask mandate

Scottsbluff teacher joins other Nebraska teachers in a letter to the State requesting a mask mandate.
Scottsbluff teacher joins Nebraska teachers in a letter to the State requesting a mask mandate.
Scottsbluff teacher joins Nebraska teachers in a letter to the State requesting a mask mandate.(Live 5 News)
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 1:10 AM CST
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A Scottsbluff teacher is among 10 Nebraska Teachers of the Year to write a letter to Governor Pete Ricketts urging him to issue a statewide mask mandate as local public schools weigh whether to continue with in-person learning or move to remote instruction.

The teachers, from both rural and urban communities, represent a cumulative 200 years of teaching experience. In their letter, they said their goal has always been to provide students with the best education possible, and part of that is ensuring children’s safety.

“While we can control what happens in our schools - and are doing a fantastic job with mask wearing and social distancing - we cannot control the rise in community cases,” they continued in the letter. “This is where your leadership has the opportunity to make sure that our students - and the communities they reside in - are safe by mandating mask wearing.”

In Scottsbluff, Public Schools staff reported feeling satisfied with safety measures being taken at the district level, with nearly 65% saying the city’s schools are taking adequate COVID-19 precautions, according to a SPS survey released this week. This came as the Scottsbluff City Council rejected the creation of a local Board of Health which would allow the City to issue its own mask mandate separate from statewide ordinance, Scottsbluff Mayor Raymond Gonzalez said Tuesday.

Though Governor Pete Ricketts continues to urge Nebraskans to wear masks and social distance when around people outside their household, he has yet to issue a mask mandate.

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