ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester School Board has approved a recommendation from the superintendent to mandate masks for children between 2 and 12 years old inside school facilities.
Dr. Kent Pekel presented the recommendation to the board at its Tuesday meeting. The new masking rules for Rochester Public Schools also include:
-Children between 2 and 12 not having to wear face masks outside school buildings but still on school grounds.
- Students 12 and older being encouraged but not required to wear face coverings inside school buildings or on school grounds.
- Children younger than 2 not being required to wear face masks in any situation.
- Staff and other adults being encouraged but not required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccine status.
In his recommendation to the School Board, Dr. Pekel says “because our students between the ages of 2 and 12 are not yet able to be vaccinated, I recommend that the board require students in that age group to wear face coverings until vaccines have been approved and widely administered for that age group. While it is true that young children are much less likely than adults to become seriously ill due to COVID-19, the virus nonetheless poses a significant threat to the health of our youngest learners.”
You can read Dr. Pekel's full recommendation below.