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Norfolk Public Schools not requiring masks for Summer School Program

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - Public school leaders in Norfolk, Nebraska, will encourage, but not require, masks during their summer school program.

The Norfolk Public School Board of Education made the decision Tuesday night during a special board meeting.

Masks may be required in a specific building if the number of COVID-19 cases rise.

Superintendent Dr. Jami Jo Thompson has the authority to change the mask guidance if necessary.

The decision was made using updated information from the CDC, National Association of Local Health Directors and the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department.

"I think everybody's excited and hopeful that this is a first step towards a return to normal. We certainly want to be cautious and make sure that we're not jumping too quickly to remove restrictions. But certainly hope that this is a good sign," said Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Thompson also said the COVID-19 Return to School Committee hopes to take a revised COVID-19 protocol plan for the fall to the board of education in July.

Brett Mayerson

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