Facing yet another potential protest against its mask requirement, the Weld RE-4 school district posted a message on its website Friday warning “further disruption to the educational process cannot be tolerated.”
The message in English and Spanish says the district is aware of a “possible organized effort by some students and parents to refuse to wear masks in some schools on Monday.”
The district does not identify locations where protests could take place. The post says that while the transition to the mask requirement was not easy, the rules are in place.
“It’s time to get back to learning,” the post said. “Further disruption of the educational process cannot be tolerated. “
On September 8, the Weld RE-4 School Board unanimously approved a district-wide mask requirement as cases of COVID-19 were on the rise. The requirement went into effect on September 10, and high school students that day participated in a walkout against the new policy.
The district’s post on Friday added that if a student refuses to wear a mask in a school building, the student will be sent to the office and suspended for the day. Suspended students are not allowed to participate in sports or activities on the day they are suspended, according to the district.
A student who refuses to go to the office will be “suspended for the day AND documented as usually disruptive” under district policy.
“Our goal is for students to learn in person, which is especially important in our middle and high schools where students weren’t in person every day last year,” the post said. “We want to do everything we can to avoid switching to distance learning. Please help us ensure this is not necessary by reinforcing the need to follow the mask requirement with your children. “
Students who engage in behavior “which causes material and substantial disruption three or more times in a school year: may be referred for expulsion as a habitually disruptive student,” according to school board policy. education.
The district encouraged families who find the masks unacceptable to seek other school options through the Colorado Department of Education website.
The message ended by saying again “it’s time to get back to learning”.