USD 232 school board reverses course, approves universal mask rule for upcoming year

After more than four hours of discussion and hearing from a divided group of members of the public as well as a Johnson County public health professional, the USD 232 Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a universal mask mandate indoors in all district buildings. Above, students at Mill Creek Middle wearing masks last school year. File photo courtesy USD 232.

Three weeks after voting to make masks optional, the USD 232 school board in De Soto reversed course Monday night, approving a new universal mask policy for all students and staff.

De Soto is the first public school district in northern Johnson County that will require all students, staff and visitors to wear masks when in-person learning begins later this month.