No vote held on Sioux City schools mask mandate after motion failed

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The Sioux City Community School board came to a consensus to not implement a mask mandate during a special meeting on Wednesday.

School officials held a special meeting and most attendees opposed the idea of requiring a mask. After a lengthy discussion, Board Vice President Monique Scarlett motioned for a vote on the use of a mandate. However, none of her fellow board members offered a second, killing the motion without a vote.

While the district will proceed without a mask mandate, board members made it clear another discussion and vote could happen.

“They are going to continue to study or watch the data, the reports of absences, as well as the community positivity rate, and if there’s a sharp increase in the future, they may revisit this conversation in the future,” said SCCSD Associate Superintendent Kim Buryanek.

President of the board Perla Alarcon-Flory said she’d like to see parents unite to help keep the district’s students safe.

“If your child is sick, please just let us know so we can continue working together for the wellbeing of your own child and the well-being of the other children under our care. We only have about 15,000 of them,” Alarcon-Flory said.

Board members agreed to hold a special meeting Wednesday in order to discuss whether they should implement a mask mandate in district schools for students, staff, and visitors.

Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked a law passed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in May preventing school boards from issuing mask mandates.

Two of the largest school districts in Iowa, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, have issued mask mandates for their schools.

You can watch the SCCSD meeting below.

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