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ALCDSB expands mask mandate to include kindergarten students

Photo by Vera Davidova.

The mask mandate for students in the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) has been extended to include kindergarten students.

In a letter to families, dated Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, David DeSantis, Director of Education for ALCDSB, announced “at the September 14th Issues & Directions Committee Meeting, the ALCDSB Board of Trustees approved a motion making masks mandatory for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students during the 2021-2022 school year.”

The extension means that kindergarten students are expected to wear masks while in class, and on the school bus, “subject to approved government exemptions.”

According to the letter, this motion was made to support the continued health and safety of all students and staff within the local Catholic schools. As noted in a previous letter to families, students in grades one through 12 are required to wear masks during in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

DeSantis asks any questions to be directed to school principals. For more information on ALCDSB’s Return to School Plan, including other health and safety measures, visit their website.

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