School leaders decry Ducey dropping mask mandate

All of those who have been inoculated, however, are at least 16 — older than most of the children in school — because the Centers for Disease Controal and Prevention has yet to approve any vaccine for those younger than that.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services  

Students and teachers at Arizona schools are no longer going to be required by the state to wear masks.

But they can if they want. And local districts remain free to continue to enforce mask mandates.

In a new executive order late Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey rescinded his July 23 requirement that all school districts and charter schools must develop and implement a policy to require face coverings, such as masks or shields. He also overruled the Nov. 19 order by the Department of Health Services which actually mandated face coverings in schools.

What’s changed since then, the governor said in a prepared statement, is the number of people who have been vaccinated against Covid.

At last count, 38% of Arizonans had received at least one dose of a vaccine. The figure for those fully immunized is closed to 27%.

All of those who have been inoculated, however, are at least 16 — older than most of the children in school — because the Centers for Disease Controal and Prevention has yet to approve any vaccine for those younger than that. The governor, however, brushed that aside.

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