On Thursday evening, the Scottsboro City Schools Board of Education voted 3-2 against extending the mask mandate in schools. Board members Lee Benson, Gary Speers and Jason Williams voted no, while Patrick Woosley and Board President Patricia Stewart voted yes. Superintendent Amy Childress reported that during their monitoring of COVID numbers throughout the week, they saw no significant changes.
“This is a situation where everybody has individual, personal beliefs and everybody has to agree to disagree,” said Childress. “We certainly all share the importance for wanting to take care of our children and be safe, everybody’s perspective is a little bit different. We’re going to continue to do everything that we can, we’re going to follow those CDC guidelines because there are guidelines for masking and not and we’re going to support and love our students the very same today as we did all week this week.”
After the mandate was passed last week, the reception from parents seemed to be mixed, with the majority against the mandate. This week, several parents were in the audience to see the ruling, but none spoke to the board during the meeting.
Stewart said after the meeting that she was disappointed in ignoring the medical guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
“The safety and wellbeing of all the students in Scottsboro City Schools is the first and foremost important decision that we make every single day so this is something we will continue to monitor, we’ll certainly be looking at those and then we’ll report regularly to our board members,” Childress said.