GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) -- Masking requirements within the Green Bay Area School District have loosened once again.
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- Green Bay school board makes masks optional in some buildings for grades 9 and up
At Monday night’s special meeting, the Board of Education voted to make masks optional for all students in 7th grade and above, as well as staff members who work in those classrooms.
Face coverings are still required inside buildings for children in 6th grade and below.
"It’s another in a long line of difficult decisions that the board has been faced with," board president Eric Vanden Heuvel told NBC 26. "I think that you see the difficulty in finding a compromise, much like the cross section of our community."
NEW: At a special meeting hosted by the Green Bay Area Public School District, the school board voted to make masks optional for students in grade 7 and up. The district will continue requiring masks for those in 6th grade and below. pic.twitter.com/DfbapFc1zc— Ben Bokun (@ben_bokun) July 26, 2021
Masks are not mandatory for students while outdoors. Children under the age of 12 are still ineligible to receive a COVID vaccine.
During summer school, Green Bay required face coverings for students in 8th grade and below.
The board says the passed motion from Monday's meeting will likely stick for the beginning of the Fall semester unless the CDC changes its recommendations for schools.