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Most masks come off in schools

Superintendents report smooth mask transition


March 17, 2022

Gordon Weeks

Mary M. Knight High School juniors, from left, Tryssa Robertson, Erika Edgin and Hailey Lohman hang out together maskless Tuesday at the school. They were ninth-graders when the mask mandate began.

Erika Edgin, Tryssa Robertson and Hailey Lohman were Mary M. Knight ninth-graders when they donned face masks to ward off the COVID-19 virus.

On Monday, as high school juniors, they took off their masks.

"It feels like we're supposed to go back to normal, but it's not our normal," Edgin said as the trio stood together outside during a class project Tuesday. She added, "I go to pull up my mask, and it's not there."

Monday was the first day students, teachers and other school staff were allowed by Gov. Jay Inslee's decree the option to not wear masks in schools. The seven school districts in...

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