One county in Colorado has dispatched sheriff’s deputies to its schools because of the “tensions” that have arisen over the latest round of mask mandates.
In an announcement, officials in Eagle County warned that, “Local law enforcement” will be at the county’s schools because of “the tensions in the community, related to the new mask guidelines at several schools.”
“Law enforcement is requesting that persons who are wishing to express their opinions, not interfere or interrupt the freedom of movement and the functions of the schools,” the law enforcement agency warned.
A report by Fox explained that on Friday, the Eagle County School District had announced its new demand that all students, teachers, staff and visitors and its elementary and middle schools wear the face coverings again.
Supt. Philip Qualman announced the last-second requirement was because of COVID-19 cases in the county.
“We said there were specific metrics we’d follow and when and if they changed, we would change our policies. Unfortunately, here we are,” Qualman said. “As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, this disease does not care about our schedules or when school starts. Nevertheless, we regret the short notice.”
The sheriff’s announcement claimed deputies won’t police mask-wearing but instead will focus on assuring “school business isn’t hindered,” the report said.
“As long as they’re not interfering with the day-to-day activities with parents, teachers, and staff getting in and out of the building, as long as they’re not disrupting school functions, it shouldn’t be a big deal,” a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. “People are allowed to voice their opinions. They just cannot be impeding traffic or the flow in and out of the school.”
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