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Students, staff and legislators react to mask mandate in schools

Cloth face masks. (The Enterprise/File photo)

ONTARIO - State legislators representing Malheur County are pushing back on the state’s mandate that everyone in schools must wear masks now. They are asking for community town halls and one legislator wants Gov. Kate Brown to suspend the order.

State Rep. Mark Owens, R-Crane, said the state should leave decisions on Covid protocols to local school boards and districts. He wants Brown to suspend the state’s order on Monday that masks are required now for all indoor school functions, including summer school.

In a written response to questions, state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, said that he wants the mandate reversed.

"Governor Brown should allow each school district in full collaboration with local public health authorities to make a local decision on mask mandates in . . .