LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Clark County School District will continue to require masks in schools as the school year comes to an end.

CCSD released the guidance in a message to parents Friday afternoon.

"At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we must ensure that masks continue to be worn to protect our students and staff," the message said. "Therefore, we will continue to require masks to be worn at all schools and work locations."

The school district said it would release more guidance on COVID-19 mitigation measures next week.

Thursday night's CCSD Board of Trustees meeting featured heated discussion about wearing masks, hours after the CDC issued new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans.

During public comment, several parents demanded the school district drop its mandate for children to wear masks. The district has required masks for students, teachers and staff since students started returning to classrooms in early March for hybrid learning.

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The trustees wore masks throughout the meeting, but at one moment, Trustee Katie Williams took her mask off at her seat. Trustee President Linda Cavazos took notice and asked her why she was not wearing a mask.

"Do you have a medical reason, Trustee Williams?" Cavazos said.

"I don't think you can legally ask me that question about my medical status," Williams said. Cavazos called for a recess after that moment before resuming the meeting.

Masks were not on the agenda during the meeting.

The Clark County Education Association said in a statement that it supports the CDC's recommendation saying that fully vaccinated people can go unmasked indoors safely: 

“CCEA has always followed the guidelines of the CDC and accordingly, supports the CDC recommendation for lifting the masks under the guidelines they have outlined.”


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