Glocester becomes first school district to challenge RI mask mandate

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GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) ─ The Glocester School Committee has decided to take legal action against the R.I. Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, which voted last week to block the state from accepting any reopening plans that don’t include a mask mandate.

The committee voted to pursue legal litigation against the council during a closed meeting Monday night.

Glocester is now the first school district in Rhode Island to push back against the mask mandate.

A few days after the council’s decision, Gov. Dan McKee issued a statewide mask mandate for all students, faculty and staff, regardless of their vaccination status.

At the same meeting, the committee voted to comply with the state’s mask mandate, though parents will be allowed to file for medical, religious or conscientious objections on behalf of their children.

During his weekly media briefing, McKee said Tuesday he’s not alarmed by the committee’s decision.

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