Rochester Schools to Ban Parents for One Year if They Don’t Wear Masks

Rochester parents and community members who refuse to wear masks during school board meetings will be banned from district property for one year.

Rochester Public Schools Board Chair Jean Marvin announced the new policy during a Sept. 21 meeting.

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Minnesota Town Mandates Masks for Two to 12 Year Olds in Schools

Rochester Public Schools Tuesday said that it will require students aged two to 12 to wear masks inside all school facilities during the upcoming school year, citing the fact that the COVID-19 has not been approved for children between those ages. 

“When we have the opportunity as is anticipated to vaccinate younger children, and those rates of vaccination are sufficiently high, we could remove the requirement for our youngest learners,” Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel said. “So I wish I could tell the board that this is the last time that you’d be dealing with this, but I think it’s very likely that we need to continue to be responsive to this situation over time.”

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