During Tuesday's meeting, the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) Governing Board voted to reaffirm mandating mask-wearing while on school property.

The vote comes after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled Monday that Gov. Doug Ducey’s mitigation measures violated the single-subject rule because the budget reconciliation bills among which it and other legislation were included did not accurately inform voters of changes.

After the board made their decision, FUSD Superintendent Michael Penca said the current strategies employed by the district continue to protect the health of students and staff, while also maintaining in-person learning for the rest of the school year.  

“The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board and I believe that consistent and layered use of the available mitigation strategies gives us the best chance of protecting the health and safety of our students and staff, and maintaining in-person learning throughout the 2021-2022 school year,” Penca said. “This is especially true due to the highly contagious delta variant, the high transmission rates of COVID-19 in our local communities, and the inability of many students, especially those under age 12, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.”

Moreover, Penca said the district will notify parents and students when the district intends to make any changes to its current mitigation plan.

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