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Bentonville Schools maintain face mask policy

The Bentonville School Board voted in its monthly meeting to keep implementing the district's face mask policy.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In a vote of 5-2, the Bentonville School Board of Education has voted to continue the district-wide face mask mandate for staff, visitors, and students ages three and up. 

However, if COVID-19 cases decline within the district, that could change in the future. 

“Now, the superintendent will monitor a two week rolling average, and when that average shows less than 30 cases per 10,000 people, that will be the point at which we will inform students that masks will be strongly recommended, but not required,” said Eric White, President Bentonville School Board of Education. 

During the meeting, board members said if COVID cases go over the 30 case mark, the face mask mandate will be reinstated. 

As of Tuesday, Sept. 21, Bentonville Schools have 51 active cases within the district. 

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