Durand School Board reverses course, votes to require masks

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DURAND, Ill. (WTVO) — The Durand School Board has voted to reverse their decision on their mask-optional policy, and said they will now comply with Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order and submit a “corrective action plan” to the State.

Durand was one of 51 school districts in Illinois who received the “On Probation” designation from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for noncompliance with the Governor’s mandate.

Pritzker said he issued the order – which requires students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors – based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommended mask wearing as patients sick with the delta variant of the coronavirus threaten to overwhelm hospitals nationwide.

ISBE says school districts must submit a “corrective action plan” or be faced with losing both state recognition and funding, and finding their athletic teams barred from competition in the Illinois High School Athletics Association.

Durand Schools Superintendent Kurt Alberstett said Monday they would be submitting the corrective action plan to the ISBE.

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