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INTERVIEW: Concern Surrounding Change to Mask Mandates in Iowa Schools

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One week ago, students across the state of Iowa were allowed to attend class without a mask for the first time this school year, after the Governor of Iowa signed a bill into law banning districts from issuing mask mandates.

Community advocate and anti-violence movie producer Cindy Waitt has worked behind the scenes to help with the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Kind World Foundation. 

She talks to Siouxland Public Media about her concerns and a new petition condemning Governor Reynolds and the Legislature.

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Cindy Waitt was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She is an occasional non-fiction writer and artist and the executive director of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. With Waitt Institute, she is the executive producer of the award winning documentary "Bully", and the co-executive producer, with Kit Gruelle and Gloria Steinem, of the  documentary "Private Violence". She believes in challenging social norms that accept violence as a part of life.

Today, the Sioux City Community School District issued its final COVID-19 trend report of the year showing no new cases of COVID-19 and less than fifty students in quarantine.

The head of Siouxland District Health tells Siouxland Public Media anytime there is action that removes a tool that could support the limitation of the spread of a disease at a local level, public health gets concerned. 

The petition can be found here.

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