Goshen Public County School Board moves forward to get a variance for school mask mandate

Board votes 5-4 in favor and needs approval from Wyoming Health Department
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 11:06 AM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon recently rescinded the state wide mask mandate. Students are still required to wear masks in schools. The school board votes 5-4 to move forward but still has to get approval from the Wyoming Department of Health. This approval will have an impact on the community.

“They might have to make a decision as a family as to whether they feel comfortable sending their children in an environment where masks are not mandated that would be worn by all staff and students,” said Ryan Kramer Superintendent of Schools Goshen County. “There going to have to make a decision as families as to whether they feel comfortable sending those children for the remainder of the school year which is roughly about 33 days.”

“If we do have students that are medically concerned about that situation that we would accommodate them in a different way to help them throughout the school year,” said Kramer. “Keep them in an environment that we still educate and still make sure that we’re providing that educational opportunity for them in a different capacity than possibly face to face instruction.”

“When you don’t even have one student able to attend that hurts you. It tugs at your heart strings because you got into this position to help all students,” said Kramer. When we have decisions that are made that affects students it makes the decision that more difficult.”

“We still continue to monitor this this will be something that is very important to us,” said Kramer. We’re going to be monitoring it on a daily basis as we have throughout the school year to make sure kids are safe and our staff and our community. We feel that the community is very supportive of our school system and we’re going to continue to work through that for the remainder of the school year.”

Goshen County Schools said they expect expect a decision from the Wyoming Department of Health in a few days.