Madison schools drop graduation mask rule over excessive heat

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:28 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Madison Metropolitan School District will not require students, families, or anyone else to wear a mask during this weekend’s outdoor graduation ceremonies.

While the masks were required as a safety precaution to protect against the spread of coronavirus, the district explained, the choice to lift that restriction came based on another safety concern: how hot it will be.

MMSD is still asking attendees to maintain a six-foot minimum distance between themselves and anyone not in their immediate family, however masks will be optional for the outdoor ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

Graduates are still asked to bring their masks with them, in case they need to go inside a building, where face coverings are still required. MMSD also reminds anyone who is not fully vaccinated that health experts recommend they still wear a mask.

As far as the heat, the district is urging everyone coming to the events to be mindful of hot weather safety recommendations, including drinking plenty of fluids, wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing, and wearing sunscreen. More tips are available on the CDC website.

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