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Clovis parents can seek mask exemptions without doctor’s note

Parents will have the option to exempt their children from wearing masks when students return to school this year, Clovis Unified trustees voted Thursday. Parents or staff can request the exemption at their local school if they believe the mask would harm a student medically, or if students are hearing impaired or experiencing other relevant mental health issues.

The move comes amid both rising Covid-19 cases as well as ongoing pushback against requirements such as mask-wearing in Republic strongholds across the state.

But now, district trustees worry that some parents might lie in order to send their kids back to school without a mask.

“I’m hoping that people don’t use this mask exemption just because they don’t want to wear a mask,” Clovis Unified trustee Steven Fogg said during Thursday’s meeting. “I don’t think that’s what it’s really designed for.”