School districts decide on mask mandates, update parents on policies

TULSA, Okla. — As the school year continues, more and more school districts in Oklahoma are making important decisions around whether or not to implement a mask mandate for students and staff. Currently, Oklahoma government officials and local leaders are engaged in a legal battle over the fate of mask mandates in schools.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, an Oklahoma City Judge issued a limited temporary injunction on SB658, which prohibited schools from requiring schools to wear masks.

Schools can now implement mask mandates in the classroom, but they are required to provide an opt-out provision for parents who don’t want their children to wear masks. The injunction went into effect earlier this week.

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Here are the latest school districts that have recently implemented mask mandates in their schools:

Glenpool Public Schools’ mask mandate went into effect on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Tahlequah Public Schools will implement their mask mandate beginning Monday, Sept. 13.

Jenks Public Schools has announced that students and staff will be required to wear masks starting this Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Union Public Schools will require students and staff to wear masks starting on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.