Rapid City schools will require face masks when classes resume

August 11, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Students and staff at Rapid City schools will be required to wear masks when classes resume next month.

The school board voted Monday night in favor of the requirement.

Superintendent Lori Simon says teachers will have to wear a mask when six feet of physical distance isn’t possible.

School board member Kate Thomas abstained from voting on the matter saying if there are no repercussions for failing to wear a mask, the mandate looks like a joke.

The Rapid City Education Association held a demonstration outside of the building before the board meeting where more than a dozen teachers held signs in support of masks for students and staff.

Students return to the classrooms Sept. 8.