Sununu vetoes bill banning school mask mandates

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have banned New Hampshire schools from implementing face mask mandates. The bill opposed Friday would have prohibited school boards or other public education agencies from adopting policies requiring students or members of the public to wear face coverings. said in his veto message. “One of the first responsibilities of the state is to know the limits of its power.” Although Sununu also noted that the state prides itself on promoting local control of education, schools have not been given carte blanche when it comes to the coronavirus. When state public health officials stopped recommending mask-wearing in most indoor public spaces in February, Sununu said any school that tried to maintain mask mandates would be breaking state laws. demanding that every student has equitable access to education. Also in February, the state enacted new rules prohibiting schools from moving to full remote or hybrid instruction due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have banned New Hampshire schools from implementing face mask mandates.

The bill opposed Friday would have prohibited school boards or other public education agencies from adopting policies requiring students or members of the public to wear face coverings.

“Just because we don’t like a local decision doesn’t mean we have to take away their authority,” Sununu said in his veto message. “One of the first responsibilities of the state is to know the limits of its power.”

Although Sununu also noted that the state prides itself on promoting local control of education, schools have not been given carte blanche when it comes to the coronavirus.

When state public health officials stopped recommending mask-wearing in most indoor public spaces in February, Sununu said any school that tried to maintain mask mandates would be breaking state laws. demanding that every student has equitable access to education.

Also in February, the state enacted new rules prohibiting schools from moving to full remote or hybrid instruction due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

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