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Bessemer lifts mask mandate at elementary school


February 25, 2022

Charity Smith/Daily Globe

GENE GOSS, instructs his fifth grade class on a vocabulary lesson on Thursday, at Washington Elementary School in Bessemer. Goss and his students are notably mask-less for the first time this school year after the board voted Wednesday to remove the elementary mask mandate.


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BESSEMER - For the first time in nearly two years students and staff at Washington Elementary School are free to be in the classroom and move about the building without a face covering. The Bessemer school board unanimously voted to terminate the face-mask mandate at the elementary school during its meeting on Wednesday.

Superintendent Dan Niemi said he discussed the issue with elementary principal Mark Switzer, and other staff members and they all felt it was time to make the change.

The school is now under the same policy as the high school, w...

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