Muscatine schools to require masks for elementary students

Police officers moved to the front of the room after repeated disruptions during Friday’s special school board meeting. [courtesy MCSD/Youtube]

Pre-kindergarten to sixth grade students in the Muscatine Community School District will be required to wear masks while in school following a vote Friday by the Muscatine Board of Education.

The mask mandate will remain in place until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for children under 16.

The plan was approved by a 6-1 vote. Board member Toby McCarter was the lone member to vote against the proposal.

The decision follows a federal judge’s temporary restraining order issued Monday against an Iowa law that banned school districts from implementing mask mandates in schools due to COVID-19.

At least four people were removed for disrupting the meeting attended by several dozen spectators. And the meeting was halted for about 15 minutes when the crowd became unruly.

This is a developing story, stay The Voice of Muscatine for more updates.