Vale school superintendent comes out against state mask mandate

Vale School District Superintendent Alisha McBride. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

JULY 30, 6:30 PM: This article was updated to include a statement from Alisha McBride and a quote from the Nyssa School District Facebook page.

VALE – Vale Superintendent Alisha McBride said Friday that she would “continue to advocate for the ability to make the decision regarding face coverings at the local level,” according to a post on the Vale School District Facebook.

McBride’s declaration comes a day after Gov. Kate Brown announced that she would ask the Oregon Department of Education to implement new rules to align with federal guidance recommending masks in school settings. The department quickly complied, stating in a press release that due to the fast spread of the Delta variant of Covid through unvaccinated populations . . .