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Monike Hill is the vocal music teacher at Adams Elementary in Davenport. According to her LinkedIn page, Hill has been a band director and/or music teacher for Davenport Community Schools since August of 2005.

Hill said that she asked student to only sing on Thursday if they had a mask on.

“They could participate with using hand signs,” she added. “Of course I’ve already got a parent who complained according to the principal!🤬

The Iowa Standard reached out to the district superintendent as well as the school principal to ask if the school and district support teachers singling out students and treating them differently based on their personal decision to wear a mask. We also asked if they believed it is possible singling students out like this is a form of bullying.

The district released the following statement regarding the situation:

“The Davenport Community School District is in full compliance with the legislation that Governor Reynolds signed into effect on Wednesday, May 19, that prohibits mask mandates in schools for our students and staff. All of our teachers and students have been made aware that masks are optional within District buildings and we have emphasized that no one will be treated differently based on their choice. The District is committed to providing its students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the District has processes and procedures in place to address any incidents of bullying and harassment.”

Author: Jacob Hall