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Mid-Prairie Community School District             

Kalona, Wellman, West Chester

Mid-Prairie Central Office Community Room, Wellman, IA  52356

May 16, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.


President Jeremy Gugel called the meeting to order.

Board members present: Mary Allred, Denise Chittick, Gabrielle Frederick, Jeremy Gugel, Jeremy Pickard, and Marianne Schlabach.

Board members absent:  Jodi Meader.

Staff Present:  Superintendent Mark Schneider, Jeff Swartzentruber.

Marianne Schlabach moved to adopt the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Denise Chittick.  Motion carried 6-0.

District Mask Policy Considering New Iowa Department of Public Health Guidance

Jeremy Gugel introduced the situation and turned it over Superintendent Schneider discussed the changed guidance by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Friday, May 14, 2021 that was released late afternoon.  IDPH recommendation that masks for students are at the discretion of the parents.  Quarantine rules are changed to students exposed are no longer required to be quarantined.  If a student is sick and tests positive for COVID, they would be required to quarantined.  Transportation masks are still effect.  Further research is needed to understand the impact this has on transportation of students each day.  The Board asked questions about the impact of the change to current Board Policy.  Board members discussed the implications with two and a half weeks left of school.

Jeremy moved to remove the current mask policy.  Mary Allred seconded the motion.

Motion Carried 5-1. Gabrielle Frederick dissented.


The meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.