Special School Board meeting Wednesday

The Bemidji School Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday.

Last week, the board adjourned their meeting early before an impassioned crowd.

The meeting will be held in the District Board Room starting at 4 p.m., with a half-hour public participation period.

The board is then anticipated to vote on “health and safety measures” for this school year.

Many parents at the meeting last week expressed that masks were unnecessary and did more harm than good.

Superintendent Tim Lutz said with the quarantine guidelines changing, masks would keep more students in school.

The guidance says that if an exposed student and a COVID-infected student were both consistently wearing masks, the exposed student would not need to quarantine.

Lutz recommended at least beginning the school year with universal masking, until at least the Delta variant spike peaks, anticipated in mid-September.

The meeting will be broadcast on television and YouTube.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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