While there will be no mask mandate, the board encouraged staff and students to continue to wear masks while at school. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

TETON COUNTY, Wyo. — Tomorrow will be the first mask-optional Monday in public schools across Teton County since 2020.

At a special meeting yesterday,  Teton County School District #1 Board of Trustees voted 3 to 3, maintaining its decision to no longer require students to wear face coverings at school. To reinstate the mask mandate, a majority of four votes would have been required.

While there will be no mask mandate, the board encouraged staff and students to continue to wear masks while at school.

The Board intends to continue to revisit its TCSD Smart Start & In-person Learning Plan monthly.

“The concept was that by the end of December, people who wanted to have their children vaccinated had the opportunity to do so,” said TCSD #1 Board of Trustees Chair Keith Gingery.

According to TCSD, as of Dec. 3, students will not be required to quarantine if they are symptom-free and have proof of being fully vaccinated, have an antibody test within the last 90 days or have a positive test result within the last 90 days.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.