Chadron Public Schools will not require masks, keeping them optional

CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron Public Schools are approving a COVID-19 plan for their coming school year.

It supports, but doesn't require, wearing masks. 

It's keeping mandatory use as an option if a school is hit by a major outbreak. 

The approach had solid support, though not enthusiastic, from a full house audience at Monday night's board meeting. 

Board member, Boone Huffman, said he was more worried about the reaction of children to masking - including shame and suicidal thoughts - than he was about the district being hit with deaths from COVID.