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Students to finish year with masks

ALPENA, Mich. — APS superintendent David Rabbideau said students will stay masked until the end of the school year.

Many Alpena parents raised objections to the district’s mask policy during Monday night’s board of education meeting. Several even requested that the school lift the mask policy or make face coverings optional.

Superintendent Rabbideau said the school will continue to adhere to recommendations from the CDC, as well as state and local health departments.

He also added that changing policy isn’t as simple as flipping an on–off switch.

“But if the was going to be taking any action, it would be after the school year ended anyway. Because it’s not a process you can do at the drop of a hat.”

Rabbideau said that the board will review mask policies this summer as more people get vaccinated.