CAVE CREEK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The debate over masks in schools continues. Cave Creek Unified School District is the latest district to consider mandating face coverings for students and staff. On Monday night, the governing board met to talk about the divisive issue.

The governing board didn't vote on a mandate on Monday. Essentially, they voted on if they should vote on requiring masks for all students and staff, or if students pre-k-6th grade and staff should be a future agenda item. The consensus was no.

Frustration filled the air in Cave Creek on Monday as parents, both for and against a possible mask mandate, voiced their opinions to the board.

Teri Thatcher has three kids, her youngest is currently an 8th grader in the district and says it shouldn't be up to schools to decide. "We are the ones that need to make the right choices for them," said Thatcher.

Vince Carlson, who also has children in the district, says it's simple. "I mean this isn't just about caring for each other, it's about caring for their grandparents and everybody else," Carlson told Arizona's Family.

Every Friday, the district releases new COVID-19 updates. As of October 8th, not even 1% of the district's 5,000 students and staff is currently positive for COVID-19. Many parents thought that number is too high and others think it doesn't matter.

One parent told the school board, "I don't know board, maybe you guys should be focusing on things more serious than a mask." Another parent added, "COVID does not follow a "my child, my choice rationale." Despite the frustration in the air, everything remained peaceful at the same time.

To learn more about Cave Creek Unified School District, click here.


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