Gov. Ducey rescinds order requiring masks in schools

By Danny Shapiro | KTAR

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday rescinded an order that directed K-12 schools to require masks, citing high vaccine totals among teachers and faculty.

As part of the rescinded order, K-12 school districts and charter schools will still have the right institute and enforce policies — such as requiring masks — to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Teachers, families and students have acted responsibly to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect one another and our school leaders are ready to decide if masks should be required on their campuses,” Ducey said in a press release.

“We will continue to work with public health professionals and Arizona’s schools as more students return to the classroom and our state moves forward.”

Ducey in July issued a back-to-school executive order that, in part, directed schools to develop and implement face-covering requirements. 

Related: Ducey preemptively bans vaccine passports; order does not apply to private businesses


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