Iowa Bans Face-Mask Mandates in Schools, Joining Texas

In a last-minute move at the end of the Iowa’s legislative session, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill banning mask mandates in public schools across the state.

“Iowa is putting parents back in control of their child’s education and taking greater steps to protect the rights of all Iowans to make their own health care decisions,” Ms. Reynolds, a Republican, said in a statement.

The state’s seven-day Covid-19 case average has dropped below April 2020 levels. According to the latest seven-day average from Wednesday, 202 individuals have tested positive in Iowa.

The state’s move follows a similar mask-mandate ban in Texas earlier this week. Lawmakers in Utah are also pushing to keep the face coverings out of schools.

With the bill signed after midnight Thursday, just hours before the start of a school day, many schools scrambled to spread the message to staff and parents via news releases, email and through social media.

Source: WSJ – US News

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