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Wausau School Board makes close-contact masks optional in elementary schools


Members of the Wausau School Board voted to change masking requirements in a near-unanimous vote at a board meeting Monday evening.

In a 9-1 vote, board members moved to make masks optional for close-contact cases in the district's elementary schools.

Previously, if a COVID case was confirmed for an elementary student, classmates and faculty would need to mask for five days after the student's positive test.

Board member Ka Lo was the only dissenting vote.

"Looking at the evidence, I just don't see that (the protocol) is really making a difference," said Lance Trollop, the Board's treasurer.

He compared Wausau School District's COVID numbers to other area districts, namely, those with mask-required protocols like Marshfield and Stevens Point schools.

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