USD 232 in De Soto makes masks optional for upcoming school year, but vaccine policy remains unfinished

The USD 232 Board of Education on Monday unanimously agreed to let face masks be optional this school year. The board's decision followed comments from half a dozen parents who pushed back against a draft policy that indicated the district may exclude non-vaccinated students from certain school activities. File photo.

USD 232 in De Soto will allow face masks to be optional inside school buildings for the upcoming school year.

The USD 232 Board of Education on Monday unanimously agreed to allow the policy, citing the district’s ability to review the policy and make changes in case of an uptick in COVID-19 cases.