Masking protests held ahead of Appleton School Board meeting

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 9:41 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:10 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Monday night, people on both sides of the in-school mask debate took signs to downtown Appleton ahead of the school board meeting.

One of protesters against masking in schools is Appleton Alderperson Sheri Hartzheim.

“I would like to see first of all, the school district listen to parents much more. We obviously are being barred. So that’s an issue. I would also like to see them take into account that mask optional policies can work,” said Hartzheim.

Others spoke about regarding the safety of students in Appleton.

“I have a daughter who is a senior, and I’m very concerned. I’ve seen other schools across the country that have started without having mask mandates. Many of them have already shut down and sent their kids home,” said John Cuff of Appleton.

The Appleton School Board allows for public input in person, virtually and through written public statements. CLICK HERE to find out how to take part in their board meetings.

correction: This story initially stated only board members were at Monday’s in-person meeting and others could speak virtually. The district says the public always has three ways to provide input at meetings, but they must register ahead of time for in-person and virtual comment.

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