LR5 votes to lift face mask mandate, LexOne upholds requirement

Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 11:27 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Two district school boards met Tuesday night to discuss mask mandates for students and teachers.

The Lexington Richland 5 School Board voted to lift the district’s mask mandate.

That will go into effect Monday, May 10. LR5 students will be in class until June 18.

The board passed the ordinance with a 4 to 2 vote.

Also Tuesday night, the board for Lexington One School District voted to keep its mask mandate.

SC for Ed, an advocacy group for teachers in the state, issued a statement against LR5′s decision to drop its requirement.

“Decisions that affect the health of others should be dictated by science and not personal preference,” the group said on Twitter.

Several parents have been outspoken about their desire for school districts to end mask requirements.

A group in Lexington has gone so far as to pay for several billboards to go up in opposition to the mandates.

Gov. Henry McMaster has also expressed his desire for schools to stop requiring students to wear masks.

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