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Students, staff embrace mask rule as classes start at Phoenix Union schools; schools face muddled protocols

Facebook Photo/Phoenix Union High School District

By Danny Shapiro | KTAR

Students and staff began the fall semester Monday at Phoenix Union High School District, where leaders defied Gov. Doug Ducey and instituted a mandatory mask mandate to protect against the spreading COVID-19 delta variant.

Christian, a junior at Central High School, said he was excited to be back in the classroom and was fine with having to wear a mask while indoors.

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“I have nothing against the mask honestly. I feel like it’s better for our safety,” Christian said. “It’s preventing COVID from being spread.”

The district announced Friday that masks would be required indoors regardless of vaccination status upon the return of classes.

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“I thought we were going to come to school without masks,” Evette, a freshman at Central, said. “I think it’s good for protection, even for people who are vaccinated.”

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