The move came after more than an hour of discussion about mask use at school, and a day before the district announced that an individual had been excluded from school after testing positive for COVID-19.
“This positive (case) does affect the school,” wrote Superintendent Frank Helquist in a Sept. 25 letter to parents.
Children and staff who interacted closely with the individual will be contacted by the Douglas County Health Department or the school, he said, and close contacts will be excluded from school for 14 days from their last exposure to the person.
Since school resumed this fall, Solon Springs students have been mandated to keep masks on unless they are outside and at least an “eagle’s wings” distance apart. Some parents expressed concerns at the school board meeting that masks were distracting their children, causing headaches, sore ears and anxiety. Board members said that use of masks while