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In light of the U.S. District Court’s order issued today, granting a temporary restraining order against the Iowa law banning face mask mandates in schools, Des Moines Public Schools will reinstate a mask mandate in order to comply with federal law as well as mitigate the on-going spread of COVID-19.

The mask mandate will go into effect on Wednesday, September 15. Additional information will be provided to the families of students and school district staff on Tuesday.

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The following is a statement from Dr. Thomas Ahart, Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools:

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“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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