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Health specialist calls for mandatory masks in La Crosse schools this fall

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Around the U.S., many people are demanding that children attend school in person again to keep from falling behind academically.  That call is also coming in La Crosse, from a county health specialist. 

Jacquie Cutts of the county health nursing program spoke to the La Crosse school board Monday night, requesting both in-person learning and mandatory mask use to prevent the spread of COVID.

Speaking as a parent of a special needs child, Cutts said she and her physician husband “think about the other families that are in the same place we are. It is terrifying to wake up and feel like if you decide to send your kid to school, you might be sending your child into an environment that could literally kill them.”    

During the last class year, La Crosse school buildings were closed for the fall semester, and gradually brought students back during 2nd semester.          

Cutts says it’s likely that large numbers of students won’t be vaccinated until fall or winter.     

The La Crosse schools might have a few more teachers on staff when classes start this fall, compared to last April. 

The school board has learned that the district could have 12-and-a-half more teaching positions in the budget for the new school year, with the increase coming from the hiring of “success coaches” in each school. 

The district projects an overall increase of five staffers, compared to spring figures.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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