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Platte County R-3 School District to require masks indoors for 3 and up

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-17 10:15:13-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Platte County R-3 School District Board of Education voted to require anyone 3 years old or older to wear face coverings while inside district buildings when social distance cannot be maintained.

"The required use of face coverings as a mitigation strategy will continue to be reviewed and considered based on school and community transmission rates, as well as staff and student isolations and quarantines," the approved policy states.

Guidelines recommended to the board had stated that masks could be required for students 5 years old and older, as well as staff and visitors, for buildings within the Kansas City, Missouri, city limits due to the city’s mask order. Pathfinder Elementary and Barry School are the only buildings that fall within KCMO proper, according to the document.

Other mitigation measures, such as frequent hand washing and social distancing, will remain in place.

Mitigation plans will be reviewed as needed.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.