BCSD protest, Aug. 17

A group of protesters prompted school board Chairman Keith Roark to end a meeting to discuss back-to-school COVID-19 plans early on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

The Blaine County school board will hold a special meeting tonight to finalize back-to-school COVID-19 safety plans, two days after a group of maskless protestors drove the trustees end a session prior to a vote on the subject.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the District Office in Hailey. Seating is limited to eight people and masks are required. You can also stream the meeting via the BCSD’s YouTube channel here. 

Tuesday’s meeting drew 15-20 protestors to the Minnie Moore Room of Hailey’s Community Campus. It lasted around two minutes from its scheduled start. Board Chairman Keith Roark adjourned the meeting at 6:02 p.m. when audience members refused to put on masks.

Tonight’s meeting moves to a smaller venue, with around a fifth of the seating capacity. Click here to read the full agenda, including the district’s draft COVID-19 mitigation plan.

Classes start on Monday, Aug. 23.

A Blaine County school board special meeting to vote on mask mandates lasted just minutes on Tuesday as a group of maskless protestors spurred…

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