Mask mandate tabled in Madeira would have affected city and school buildings

Madeira City Council has indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance mandating masks inside public buildings owned or used by the city and the Madeira City Schools.

Madeira City Council is taking a hands-off approach to COVID-19 safety protocols in schools now that the Madeira school district is requiring its younger students to mask up.

Madeira City Schools Superintendent Kenji Matsudo said the indoor mask mandate he issued in mid-August for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade was based on the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community and schools.

Matsudo said it was not because a divided city council agreed Aug. 9 to consider mandating masks inside public buildings owned or used by the school district and the city in Madeira.

“The (board of education earlier) approved our plans to be flexible and responsive to the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19,” he said in an email.

“Our plans will likely continue to evolve.”

Kenji Matsudo, superintendent of the Madeira City Schools.

The school district decided Wednesday to institute remote learning for all fifth graders until Monday, Sept. 20, due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and the resulting quarantines.

Council considered mask mandate for month before tabling

It was Madera City Councilman Brian Mueller who raised the issue of a mask ordinance at the Aug. 9 city council meeting.

At the time, the school district was recommending all unvaccinated students and staff wear masks indoors.

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