Des Moines Public Schools ends mask mandate after CDC updates guidance

Kindergarten teacher Julie Kucera leads her students in a counting activity at Edmunds Elementary, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Des Moines.

Masks will now be optional at Des Moines Public Schools following new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district announced Thursday. 

The change in Des Moines’ masking policy goes into effect immediately. The district will also not require masks on buses. Students and educators may still choose to wear a  mask at school. 

“DMPS had always tried to follow the science throughout the pandemic and, today, the science tells us it’s time to safely make this transition,” said Phil Roeder, the district’s spokesperson.  

The shift for the state’s largest school district is exceptional, given it was the first district to put in place a mask mandate for students after a judge blocked a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds that prohibited local governments and schools from mandating facial coverings. 






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