Your kids may soon not have to wear a mask at Sturgeon Bay School District buildings. The topic will be revisited approximately two months after the district began requiring masks on September 20th. The decision came as case counts began to rise in the community and the number of students quarantined due to close contacts was high. Door County Medical Center officials implored school officials to have kids wear masks for a time at the very least as a way to control the issues. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says they actually saw a small increase in cases immediately following the mandate, but attributed that mostly to the district’s homecoming celebration. The district did see the number of quarantined students go down dramatically as a result of the requirement. Whatever the direction the school board takes when it meets on November 17th, Tjernagel knows there will be strong opinions.
Sevastopol mandated masks for its youngest learners earlier this year as well, but has since returned to making the practice optional. Universal masking remains in effect for Gibraltar Area Schools and Washington Island School. The practice is optional at Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, and Southern Door School Districts. Some school districts in the state like Howard-Suamico, Antigo, and Oshkosh have already extended their masking requirements for at least a portion of their students until December.