Broken Bow Public Schools Extends Mask Mandate Additional Two Weeks

BROKEN BOW–A mask requirement has been extended for students and staff at Broken Bow Public Schools (BBPS). Superintendent Darren Tobey announced over the weekend the mask mandate policy will be in place for an additional two weeks starting today (September 8) and continuing through Tuesday, September 22.

Masks are recommended but not required when attending BBPS events or activities.

The original mask requirement was put into place following the cancellation of several classes the week of August 17-21 due to a jump in the number of coronavirus cases and number of staff members who were in quarantine.

Cases of COVID-19 are being monitored and Mr. Tobey stated the district currently has one student in isolation which is a positive case and 13 staff/students are in quarantine. He said the district felt like the extension was necessary to help protect against any breakouts that may have occurred following Labor Day get-togethers. “We have been very pleased with the students’ cooperation,” Tobey added.

“COVID is a very fluid situation, you think you have control of it one day and maybe there’s some things that happen the next day so we’ll continue to watch it and we’ll continue to update our community members on what’s going on,” Superintendent Tobey told KCNI/KBBN on August 18.