Gov. Reynolds eased off on Iowa's mask mandate last week as COVID-19 numbers in the state have declined. Also removed, limits on gathering and restrictions on businesses. When it comes to Waterloo Public Schools, they will not be easing up on mask wearing any time soon.

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In a press release, Tara Thomas, Director of School & Community Relations stated:

Our current health and safety protocols AND our mask requirement will remain in effect through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Tara went on to explain why the decision was made to keep kids masked up:

We will continue working with Black Hawk County Public Health Department officials to ensure any changes to our Return to Learn plan align with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since the announcement from Gov. Reynolds on Friday, many cities and counties have stated that their mask mandates are staying in place, including Black Hawk County.

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