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Yankton School Board approves mask mandate

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YANKTON, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A South Dakota school district in Siouxland has made the decision to require masks amid rising COVID-19 cases across the region.

The Yankton School Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to reinstate a mask mandate at all district schools. Students and staff must wear masks in school buildings from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Yankton schools required masks last school year, but their initial back to school plan did not include a mandate. Board members cited an increase in coronavirus cases statewide in their decision to reinstate it. South Dakota currently has a higher number of COVID-19 cases then it did last year at this time.

Tuesday night’s meeting included well over an hour of public input from both those in favor and against the mask mandate.

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