The White Mountains Regional School District will formally review its mask protocols.

The White Mountains Regional School District will formally review its mask protocols. In response to a student petition, the school board on Feb. 7 agreed to reconvene the re-opening committee that set mask guidelines ahead of the 2021-2022 school year. The committee will determine if the mask rules need adjustment, and report back to the school board by March 10. WMRSD currently requires universal masking at Lancaster and Whitefield Elementary, and masking at the high school during periods of substantial COVID-19 transmission. Discussing the matter last week, some School Board members expressed a tentative willingness to ease masking. Board member Jim Brady of Jefferson said, “It’s time we really stop and think about it.” The school district is taking action after student Katelynn Walker submitted a four-page petition on Jan. 28. It had 54 student signatures and stated that masking was having a negative impact on students and staff, and should be optional.