The exterior of the John Warner Middle School, which is CPS' 7th middle school in Columbia. (2021 photo courtesy of CPS' Michelle Baumstark)

UPDATE: CPS to end indoor mask mandate

The exterior of the John Warner Middle School, which is CPS’ 7th middle school in Columbia. (2021 photo courtesy of CPS’ Michelle Baumstark)

Missouri’s attorney general is praising news that Columbia’s school board has voted to end CPS’ indoor mask requirement.

Our news partner ABC-17 reports Monday night’s board vote was 4-3. CPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood recommended the change, due to federal approval of a COVID vaccine for ages five and up.

A number of parents and students addressed the board at the meeting, with several speaking against the mask requirement. Attorney General Schmitt tweeted praise for the vote, saying “this is why we fight.”

Schmitt has said that mask requirements are null and void, under a November decision from Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green.

Students will still be required to wear masks on school buses. That is a federal rule.

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