DMPS to require masks beginning on Wednesday

The Des Moines Public School District announced on Monday night it will begin requiring universal masking on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

“All staff, students and visitors will be required to wear a mask,” the announcement states.

A federal judge’s ruling ordered the state to stop enforcement of a law that bans schools from requiring masks.

“The court’s decision to set aside Iowa’s ban on school districts being able to protect children in our care is welcome news. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in Iowa, our families and staff have expressed their concerns about schools not being able to require minimal, effective mitigation steps, such as wearing a mask, in order to keep people healthy and safe. With today’s ruling, as Superintendent I will reinstate a mask mandate – as we had in place for most of last school year – for all students, staff and visitors to Des Moines Public Schools,” said DMPS superintendent Thomas Ahart.