Masks are no longer required in the Cody School District for most situations.
Late Friday night, Dr. Aaron Billin, Park County’s top health official, announced the Cody School district’s request to drop the mask requirement had been approved by the state.
The request, formally made after a school board meeting on April 20, asked the state to lift the mask requirements of public schools in the health orders issued by Gov. Mark Gordon. With the request’s approval, the Cody School District becomes the largest district in the state to make mask use optional during the school day. Masks are still required on buses, as that is part of a federal mandate, and there are still mask rules for activities sponsored by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.
Schools are asking the community to remain respectful of the choice to wear a mask, if anyone chooses to do so.
“At CHS we have one requirement for this ... be respectful,” Cody High School said through its Facebook page. “Those that want to continue wearing them are free to do so, those that do not want to wear them are free to take them off. Respect one another.”
(Zac Taylor contributed to this report)