Wenatchee School Board issues protocols in the event people refuse to wear masks at meetings

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One of several people at the Wenatchee School Board's last meeting confronts the board about requirements for wearing facial coverings.

The Wenatchee School Board is hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened at its Aug. 24 meeting when about 50 people in attendance refused to wear facial masks and the meeting had to be adjourned and moved to online-only.

The school district this week announced protocols it will follow beginning with its meeting next Tuesday in order to comply with state mandates for indoor mask-wearing.

First, the district says it will refuse admittance to anyone who refuses to wear a mask.

“Anyone refusing to wear or continue to wear a face covering has disrupted the meeting, which will not allow the Board to continue with an in-person meeting,” the district said in a press release this week.

Wenatchee School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon told NCWLIFE this week the district is doing what it’s required to do.

“It was a hard situation to be in because we, the board, myself and staff recognize there are different opinions out there within our community,” Gordon said.

But, he said, they have an obligation to follow state mandates.

“That’s what we have to do. There’s no middle ground and I recognize some people feel like a mandate is not a law,” Gordon said. “Again, from our perspective , from the state’s perspective that’s what we must follow. And that’s what we’re going to continue to follow.”

The disruption at the Aug. 24 meeting “felt like an organized event to come in and protest what they feel like is an overreach by the governor,” Gordon said. “But the reality is, local school boards, superintendents, this is way outside of our jurisdiction. The governor said it, this is where we’re at and this is what we’re going to follow.”