Schools supervisor says Ducey lifting mask mandate in Arizona schools will cause tension

Kathy Hoffman

Arizona’s schools chief said Tuesday that Gov. Doug Ducey’s order rescinding the requirement of masks in schools will cause tension between parents and staff.

“It causes a lot of tension between parents and teachers and principals when we really need to be working together to have our school environment feel safe and welcoming for all students,”  Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad, adding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends masks in schools.

The rescinded order still allows K-12 school districts and charter schools the right to institute and enforce masks and other policies to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many schools around the Valley posted Monday evening that masks would still be required, with some saying further guidance would be provided after a board meeting while others announced masks would be enforced through the end of the school year.

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