Beginning this week anyone who enters a Mitchell School District building will be required to wear a face mask. The ruling came during the Mitchell School Board meeting Monday.

The Mitchell School Board voted 5-0 to change its Safe Return to Schools protocol. Masks will be required in all Mitchell K-12 buildings from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on school buses at all times. The majority of those attending strongly disagreed with the decision.

In a report filed by J.P. Skelly of KORN News, Jeff Sand told the board it’s not so much about masks as it is about mandates. "Mandates are a slippery-slippery slope. If we start making any mandates at the school board level, what's to come down the road?"

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Amy Stemper was attending Monday's meeting voicing her opinion: "We need to protect our children while giving them the opportunity to have as (many) morals as possible."

About 300 people attended the meeting.

The Mitchell School Board will have a review on the decision on November 8.

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