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May 23, 2022

3/1/2022 1:25:00 PM
Masks optional starting March 1 for Dodgeville students

Masks in the Dodgeville School District will be optional beginning March 1 the school board decided Monday.
The change in the present masking policy was made after a presentation from District Administrator Paul Weber.
Prior to the presentation the board went through written and in-person testimony from district parents. The testimony was about 50/50 in favor of masking vs mask optional.
Weber pointed to the downward trend of the COVID virus and the high vaccination rate among students. He told the board this could be the right time to try mask optional but cautioned this could change depending on what the virus does.
"It could change in an instant," Weber said. "We must be prepared for an unknown future".
School Nurse Katie Nichols gave a rundown on active cases per month. The totals were 22 in September, 15 in October, 18 November, 55 December, 111 January, and 25 February.
She added the percentages show 72% of the students have been without COVID while 28% have had COVID. Also 71% are vaccinated or immune while 29% no immunity. And, 46% are unvaccinated, 51% or 545 are vaccinated and 3% are partially vaccinated.
As of Monday there were four out with COVID and one out with close contact....
(See the rest of the story in the February 24, 2022 Chronicle issue)

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