Cranston School Committee unanimously votes for mask mandate this fall

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – After a contentious meeting, the Cranston School Committee voted 5-0 to implement a mask mandate for the upcoming school year.

The vote comes after a recommendation from the federal government for everyone to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Governor Dan McKee has left the decision of whether to impose a mask mandate up to the school districts.

During public comment, parents plead their cases. Some begged for a mask mandate, while others threatened to pull their students out of school.

“I heard a couple parents tonight say, ‘Well, I have a four-year-old who [wears a mask]. You know, it’s easy for them. You should be able to do it.’ Why are you pushing your agenda on me, when you’re the one who wants the protection,” one parent said.

Cranston joins a growing number of school districts requiring masks for the fall, including Providence and Barrington.

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