Moorhead Public Schools to recommend, not require masks
Vaccinated students won't have to quarantine if Covid cases found
MOORHEAD — Moorhead Area Public Schools will be recommending its roughly 7,000 students to wear masks when they return to school on Monday, Aug. 30, but won't require them.
The decision was reached at a special School Board meeting on Wednesday.
Students will also be attending school in-person on regular schedules, although an option for online learning will be offered based on demand and budget considerations.
The safe learning plan also calls for wearing masks on buses as required by federal mandates. The district will conduct contact tracing and quarantines when necessary to keep learning spaces safe.
Vaccinated students will not need to quarantine in most instances, the district said in a release.
The plan also calls for social distancing, facility cleaning, personal hygiene and ventilation to also help in the continued fight against the pandemic.
Free student meals will continue to be offered during the school year with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We are excited to welcome our students back to the classrooms and are committed to the health and safety of our Spud staff and students," said Superintendent Brandon Lunak. "We remain grateful for the support and partnership of our staff, families and community as we make these complex plans to provide safe educational environments where our students can thrive."