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Haverhill school district to continue masking conversation

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 2:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 at 8:32 AM EST
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HAVERHILL, N.H. (WCAX) - The debate over masking at school took center stage Monday night in Haverhill, New Hampshire, and now it will continue into another meeting.

After three hours of public comment and debate Monday night, Haverhill School Board members decided to revisit the issue and alternative options Tuesday night in what they are calling a workshop.

Parents who spoke at the meeting Monday night said they have mixed feelings about a mask mandate. Some say it will create anxiety while others say masks are essential for safety.

Not all school board members are in favor of reinstating a mask mandate. Right now, only teachers are required to wear them.

But school board members agree they have a duty to protect students. The question they’re facing is how.

“We have families that have pulled kids out because we have masks. We have had families pull kids out because we don’t have masks,” said SAU 23 Superintendent Laurie Melanson. “I know we can’t make everybody happy, but we have to make the best decision for the most people and their safety.”

There was a masking requirement in Haverhill schools earlier this year. In mid-December, after a survey of parents found a majority favor masking, the Haverhill Cooperative School Board voted to eliminate masking for students.

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