Pima County supervisors decline to impose school mask mandate

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 1:32 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted against a possible mask mandate for the county’s public and private schools on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The mandate failed by a 3-2 vote.

Supervisors Adelita Grijalva and Dr. Matt Heinz were in favor of the mandate.

“Because the {school} board who has not put in place any mask requirement are not doing their job, said Dr. Heinz. “Their job is to protect our children, their districts, and the unvaccinated parents.”

Supervisor Steve Christy disagrees.

“This needs to be decided by parents. This decision needs to come from schools and out of the hands of the Pima County Supervisors.”

Deputy County Administrator Dr. Francisco Garcia said he spoke with 12 Superintendents in Pima County.

“Only two were supportive of the mask mandate.”

He went on to say that is because their districts already have a mask mandate in place. He talked with the other 10 Superintendents and this is what he discovered.

“For the most part, they have figured out how to manage the sort of political demands and mitigate within the reality. So to put it in the words of one of the Superintendents, this just kicks the hornets’ nest.”

The Supervisors also discussed the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all Pima County employees.

“Is our community better off with or without these experienced people, asked Christy.”

“Could be very well coming and sharing this deadly virus to people they make contact with,” said Grijalva.

The vaccine mandate was strictly up for debate at Tuesday’s meeting but will be up for vote on October 19.

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