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Camp Point Central School Board votes to make masks optional


CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) -- School is set to start Wednesday at Camp Point Central with mask-wearing optional for students, according to Superintendent Erica Smith.

Superintendent Erica Smith said that masks are highly recommended in school buildings, even though they are not required after the board voted 3-2 in favor of making masks optional for students at a regularly scheduled CUSD#3 board meeting Thursday night.

School Board Vice President Ben Hamilton said he, along with board members Jason Cooley and Devin Hildebrand voted in favor of not mandating masks in the schools.

School Board President Jason Ippensen and member Chris Marlow voted in favor of the school following the state-issued mask mandate.

Hamilton said board members Curt Fessler and Kindel Kestner were absent from the meeting.

On August 4, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the state would require masks indoors for students, teachers, and staff at pre-kindergarten-12th grade schools and daycares across the state.

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