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DMPS will reinstate its mask mandate after a judge temporarily blocked a state law that prevented schools from requiring masks

Des Moines, IOWA – According to the statement, Des Moines Public Schools will require all staff, visitors and students to wear masks in the district’s schools starting Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Officials say that the DMPS is the first school district in the state to reimpose a mask mandate after the court ruling Monday.

Superintendent Ahart released the following statement:

“The court’s decision to set aside Iowa’s ban on school districts being able to protect children in our care is welcome news.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in Iowa, our families and staff have expressed their concerns about schools not being able to require minimal, effective mitigation steps, such as wearing a mask, in order to keep people healthy and safe.

With today’s ruling, as Superintendent I will reinstate a mask mandate – as we had in place for most of last school year – for all students, staff and visitors to Des Moines Public Schools.”

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