St. Mary’s School in Manchester will not switch to mandating masks at this time.
On Monday, a federal judge ordered the state of Iowa to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
St. Mary’s sent a letter to parents on Wednesday after receiving communication from the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools.
The letter says upon review by archdiocesan legal counsel, this current injunction specifically does not include accredited nonpublic schools. Therefore, all archdiocesan schools, including St. Mary’s School are still legally bound by HF847, which means they are currently prohibited from enacting local mask mandates.
Administrator Kelley Harbach says St. Mary’s School will continue to use multi-layered mitigation measures – that includes strongly encouraging the use of masks/face coverings, physical distancing whenever possible and consistent and frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.