CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Chandler Unified School District is saying no to a mask mandate, and has announced that masks will remain optional for students and staff. In a 3-to-2 vote Thursday night, the district's governing board decided there would be no modifications to their current mitigation plan.
The board was presented with 5 options and chose option 1: "No modifications to current mitigation plan. When the school's threshold for confirmed cases reaches 1.0% High schools, 1.5% junior high schools, 2.0% elementary schools, mitigation strategies are increased at the impacted site for a minimum of two weeks. Masks remains strongly recommended but optional."
Father of two, Dr. Joseph Wong, says tonight's decision is sickening. "To the parents that are not asking their kids to wear a masks, I am trying to wrap my head around that reason and there hasn’t been a reason they’ve provided yet,” said Dr. Wong.
But that not every parent within the CUSD wanted a mask mandate. During the meeting, parents on the public comments page had dozens of reactions, including this one from a parent named Sara:
CUSD has reported multiple COVID-19 outbreaks at its schools since students returned to school last month.
According to CUSD’s COVID-19 Dashboard, of the 49,000 students and staff members within the district, there are currently 157 positive COVID-19 cases reported. The majority of cases are at the high schools: Basha, Casteel and Hamilton.