Lead-Deadwood School District debates wearing masks during class

Parents weigh in through a survey, for-mask was favored narrowly by three votes
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 8:41 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - With the start of the 2020-2021 school year coming closer and closer, more districts are putting out plans on how they hope to start the year off.

The Lead-Deadwood School District plans to open their doors on Sept. 2 with modifications like signage on handwashing. However, the decision to wear masks during the school year.

The school board asked parents to weigh in. In a survey sent out to parents earlier in the summer, the results came back tight as wearing masks in class was favored over not by three votes.

Superintendent Dan Liekvold reported the results: 217 parents approved of wearing masks, while 214 parents did not.

Nothing has been decided yet and the school board is looking for more feedback.

“If we can get most of our students and most of our folks on staff and public if we educate them properly and have good conversations about the benefits of wearing face coverings in certain areas that will happen,” Liekvold said.

There is another meeting planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and another 1 p.m. Wednesday. If you would like to attend you are asked to call ahead as the district is trying to limit groups to 50 who attend.

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