Starting Tuesday, Johnston students and staff will be able to go school mask-free.
The district’s school board voted 4-3 Monday evening to rescind its mask mandate. Board members Katie Fiala, Jennifer Chamberland and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher opposed the resolution.
Alicia Clevenger, who’s been on the board since 2019, joined newly elected Derek Tidball, Deb Davis and Clint Evans in voting to rescind the mandate. Tidball said the vote was part of the group’s campaign promise.
“We were elected in largely because of removing this mask mandate,” he said. “Following through with an election promise is something that I believe in and I feel like we have a lot of support in the community to do so.”
Previously:Mask mandate opponents unseat incumbents in Johnston School Board election night results
Johnston is the first metro-area school district to remove its mandate for all students following the Nov. 2 elections.
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