WEST FARGO — West Fargo's superintendent spoke out on why the district is keeping students and staff masked through the end of the school year.

Slette said she wanted to keep the district in line with the state's health recommendations, despite having only 16 active cases among students and zero among staff, according to North Dakota's K-12 School Dashboard.

This decision comes even after several parents fought to make the mask requirement a mask recommendation before and during the district's school board meeting Monday, April 26.

Slette said while the district is taking those concerns to heart, and talking with parents about the masking and distancing guidelines, they don't want to make too hasty of a decision.

"We are taking all of the mitigating strategies that we can, and we're taking the advice of our health care providers, and so to make a sudden change, I believe, would be disruptive for many families," she said.

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The district is expected to put out a Return to Learn update Tuesday, May 4, to update mitigation strategies for summer classes.