Four Corners Public Radio | By Sarah Flower

Stasia Lanier
Ignacio High School in Ignacio, Colorado.

9R’s unanimous vote Thursday night mandates face coverings as part of the dress code. It also sets them apart among school districts in southwest Colorado.

But the decision follows the mask recommendations of the CDC, the Colorado Department of Education, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and San Juan Basin Public Health.

As of Thursday, June 12, districts in the towns of Ignacio, Bayfield, and Mancos, as well as Archuleta and Montezuma Counties, are all strongly recommending masks. But not requiring them. They’re leaving it up to families and employees to choose.

In this report, a look at how educators are addressing health precautions as school doors reopen and viral cases spike.