As schools are reopening, our office has received some questions and concerns about mask wearing in schools. As such, we wanted to send some quick information to school leaders that we hope can help address concerns that they may be confronting. Your free time is scarce right now, and we hope this guidance/these talking points can help preserve some of that free time. Please see below:
If charter leaders are being asked for guidance from their board about whether the board has discretion on this matter (since, often, charter schools are allowed local flexibility to make school-based decisions), leaders should remind their board members on a couple of points:
In this situation, they do not have applicable waivers and so the school is required to follow the orders
Board members, in their role, have a “duty of compliance” to the organization to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including all executive orders currently in effect.
We hope this information is helpful for you in planning for the upcoming days, weeks, and months ahead and can help with any community questions you may receive. If you have any questions on this update, please let me know.