Officials in some school districts undecided on in-school mask requirements

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To mask or not to mask appears to be the question for local school districts as officials prepare to bring all students back into the classroom in August. Recent Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for mask wearing in public places, including schools, allows for fully vaccinated individuals to go without masks. However, whether all area school districts will follow that guidance remains to be seen. “A decision about masks has not been made yet. We are currently surveying our families and employees about mask wearing. We hope to have a decision soon,” Joliet Public Schools District 86 spokeswoman Sandy Zalewski said. Joliet Township High School District 204 officials expressed similar sentiments. “JTHS is currently requesting feedback from parents and will finalize plans prior to the start of the school year in August,” said Kristine Schlismann, District 204’s Director of Community & Alumni Relations. Masks will be “optional” at the start of the school year in neighboring Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 and be based on parental choice. The Board of Education approved the district administration’s recommended “Back to School 2021-22” plan at its July 19 regular meeting. All individuals ages 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated...