SHOSHONI — Starting today, April 28, masks are now optional within the Fremont County School District No. 24 schools, according to an announcement made by the district.
The school district announced today on Facebook that they have been granted an exception request to the Statewide Public Health Order No. 1, which requires face masks within schools where social distancing cannot be maintained.
“Starting today, masks will not be required in our schools, anyone and everyone is welcome to continue to wear them, but they are not required in our school due to the exception request. Please respect those that continue to mask as they may have a family member they are trying to protect,” the Facebook post states.
However, the post also noted that masks must still be worn on school buses, as the buses must conform to national transportation standards and requirements regarding COVID-19.
The school district reminded the public that though they have been granted an exception, it can still be revoked. Therefore, they asked the community to continue to be diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
To be granted an exception to the statewide public health order, the county the school district resides in must be in the “green zone” in the 14-day transmission indicators from the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Fremont County was in the “light green zone” between April 14 and April 27, which means their transmission levels were “low”.
Fremont County had a 1.0 percent 14-day positivity rate for COVID-19 as of last Wednesday.
The full Facebook post can be viewed below.