At least two North Central Washington school districts are alerting the public about masks requirements at school board meetings.

The Wenatchee and Moses Lake districts released statements Wednesday saying masks will be required at upcoming indoor public meetings, in compliance with state orders.

The Wenatchee district also stated that unmasked people would create a disruption, and lead to a public meeting being adjourned in favor of a virtual setting.

A Wenatchee School Board meeting last month was interrupted several times by a group of roughly 50 unmasked demonstrators, which led to the board going into recess twice before switching to an online format.

The Wenatchee School District outlined steps it would take when confronted with unmasked people at school board meetings:

If persons refuse to wear or continue to wear a face-covering during the meeting

The District must refuse admittance to anyone who refuses to wear a mask.

Individuals who choose to not wear a mask will be reminded that masks are required and will be asked to wear one. The district will make masks available for those without them.

Those choosing not to wear a mask will be encouraged to watch the meeting virtually through YouTube or participating via Zoom.

Anyone refusing to wear or continue to wear a face-covering has disrupted the meeting, which will not allow the Board to continue with an in-person meeting. The board will open the floor for a motion to adjourn the meeting and reconvene virtually, pursuant to RCW 42.30.050 and RCW 42.30.090.

The Board meeting will reconvene virtually at the time stated in the motion.

Individuals will be reminded they may participate in public comment during a virtual meeting.

Meeting disruptions

Conduct that disrupts the meeting from going forward may cause the meeting to be adjourned and reconvened virtually. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to;

Entering the District Office without a mask

Removal of masks during the meeting

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