Maybe it’s the calm after the surge. Maybe it’s the expansion of vaccine eligibility. Maybe it’s the governor’s repeal of the state’s partial mask mandate. Maybe it’s the warm weather. Whatever the reason, the mask discussion is back. Specifically, the debate over whether school districts should require masks in their buildings.

This month the Iowa Falls and Alden school boards have discussed the issue. While the Alden board voted to extend its mask mandate through the end of the current school year, the Iowa Falls board won’t make a decision about the rest of the school year until its April 12 meeting. The Hubbard-Radcliffe and Eldora-New Providence school boards are also set to revisit the issue. And in neighboring Grundy County, the BCLUW School Board made statewide headlines last week when it voted to make masks optional beginning April 9.

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