Kearney Public Schools temporarily suspend mask mandate

KEARNEY, Neb. -- A central Nebraska school district is holding off on a planned mask mandate for now. 

Kearney Public Schools announced Monday in a statement sent to students and staff that they are temporarily suspending the mask mandate for pre-K through 12th grade. The mandate was scheduled to take effect Tuesday after a rise in COVID-19 cases in the district last week. 

But district officials say they've received substantial feedback, both positive and negative, from parents. District officials say they are holding off on the new mandate until parents have a chance to speak on the issue publicly during the school board's next meeting on the 13th.