Beaver Dam School Board Hears Concerns Over Mask Mandate

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board Monday night took no action on a district-wide mask mandate. Public comments during the meeting centered around parent choice, the efficacy of masks, and constitutional overreach.

One parent said that the school board does not (quote) “get to usurp parental choice because you think something might help.” Another said (quote) “masks are unreasonable and ineffective, they harm kids learning abilities, and doing no favors for their health in return.” One parent called the mask mandate (quote) “child abuse.”

As the meeting ended, again those in the audience voiced their disapproval that the board did not take a vote on the mask mandate. An individual in attendance approached the podium and called the school board cowards for not taking the issue up during the meeting.

Superintendent Mark DiStefano did present several adjustments being considered for the district’s Return to Learn plan. They included improving distancing opportunities during times of congregation, increasing mask break opportunities for students, and move masks requirements to recommended for students participating in intense physical activity.