Madison school officials explain reasoning for requiring masks this fall

MADISON, Wis. — Madison school leaderes say getting kids vaccinated played a role in their decision to require masks for everyone inside school buildings this fall.

The district released its COVID safety plans for the fall on Thursday, including requirements for all students and staff to wear masks inside and while on school buses, among other practices. Masks are not required for outdoor activities.

District leaders say it was a tough decision, but one that was needed given the increase of COVID cases and a lack of approved vaccines for kids under the age of 12.

“You are going to make some people happy, and some people are going to question your decisions,” said MMSD spokesperson Tim LeMonds. “We went the way of safety and just being cautious and thoughtful and intentional as we move forward.”

Administrators are still finalizing safety plans for fall sports and other extra-curricular activities. They hope to share an update on those plans sometime in the next week.