Columbia Public Schools will "expect" students to wear masks during the fall semester, according to a district letter sent to families Monday.
"We respect and understand that there will be exemptions as not all students will be able to wear a mask," the letter said.
A week ago, the district came out with plans for the fall reopening in which it said students will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks.
The change followed feedback from families, including a Saturday Zoom webinar during which the overall sentiment was for requiring masks but allowing exceptions.
Exemptions mentioned included students with hearing impairments, special needs, anxiety, trauma or ADHD.
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