PCSSD proposes mask requirement

In a press release issued Monday afternoon, the Pulaski County Special School District said they were going to propose a mask requirement to be taken up at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.

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The press release is below:

The Pulaski County Special School District is continuing to put the health and safety of our staff and students as a top priority in the 2021-2022 school year.

On Friday, August 6, 2021 Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox issued a preliminary injunction against the law (Act 1002) that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed in April banning mask requirements by governmental entities. Fox ruled the law violates Arkansas’ constitution, saying it discriminates between public and private school students. He said it also infringes on the governor’s emergency powers, as well as the authority of county officials and the state Supreme Court.

Due to Judge Fox’s blocking Arkansas legislation, Dr. Charles McNulty, superintendent, will propose to the PCSSD Board of Education that masks indoors will be required effective immediately for all staff, students, and guests. After 60 days, in consultation with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), PCSSD will review the indoor mask requirement.

The regular monthly school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. and can be viewed online