Fort Thomas schools keep mask mandate in place

FORT THOMAS — Not all Gila Valley Schools have stopped requiring students to wear masks.

In a letter to staff and parents dated Wednesday, April 21, Fort Thomas Unified School District Superintendent Shane Hawkins said, “For the immediate future masks will still be a requirement for students and staff,” adding that district officials will be discussing the issue with tribal and county health officials before making a final determination.

Hawkins did not give a timeline on when a final decision regarding masks may be made.

On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order lifting the mask requirement of students and staff in schools and, as of Tuesday, both Thatcher and Pima school districts stopped mandating masks. The Safford school district followed suit effective Wednesday.