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Mask mandate debate comes to head for Dubuque Schools Monday

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Dubuque Community Schools

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- Dubuque’s School board may decide whether to institute a mask mandate for their students Monday night.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday night the school board will meet at the Dubuque Community School District office, 2300 Chaney Road. This potential decision comes after the board failed to come to a consensus at a special meeting in September and a Facilities and Support Services Committee meeting earlier this month. 

The mask mandate debate first came up for the Dubuque school board in September because of Judge Robert Pratt’s restraining order on Iowa’s law banning mask mandates.

After failing to come to a consensus the board decided it would push the debate to the October 11 meeting. Part of the board’s decision to wait was to see the outcome of the legal challenges to Judge Pratt’s order which would have expired Monday. Now with Judge Pratt extending the temporary restraining order, it will stay in place until a federal lawsuit against it can be heard in court. 

Currently the Dubuque Community School District does not require students to wear masks. 

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