Face masks now mandatory for all Trillium Lakelands District School Board students

Trustees passed motion on August 25 to extend mandatory requirement to include students from kindergarten to Grade 3

A mother and young girl wearing masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Stock photo)

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has made non-medical face masks mandatory for all its students, from kindergarden through Grade 12.

During the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday (August 25), the board’s director of education Wesley Hahn shared information with trustees about the board’s return to school planning.

As a result of the discussion, trustees passed a motion to make it mandatory for all kindergarten to Grade 12 students to wear masks while at school.

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Previously, the board was following the Ontario government’s directives making masks mandatory for Grade 4 to 12 students, and encouraged but not required for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

The board’s return-to-school plan, available at www.tldsb.ca, currently states “Face-coverings/masks for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are optional but strongly encouraged”. The plan will be updated to reflect the new mandatory requirement for all students to wear masks.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has 48 public elementary and secondary schools in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and the District Municipality of Muskoka.

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