FLINT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – On July 21st, the Flint school district reversed its earlier decision in the day that said students at their schools would be required to wear masks. Instead, masks are now
recommended.

Kevin Jones, superintendent of Flint Community schools, had written a letter to parents that said, “Schools across the country have experienced spikes in COVID-19 cases after extended breaks, and Flint Community Schools is no different. Based on our experiences last school year, we are taking this extra measure to mitigate the spread of
COVID-19 and help protect our school community.”

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The letter clearly stated the requirement when Jones wrote, “The safety and well-being of our scholars, families and teachers remains our highest priority. To that end, we will be temporarily requiring masks at all of our buildings.”

The letter is currently missing from the school district’s website and there is no explanation of why the requirement no longer exists other than Jones saying there was a miscommunication and “It (the letter) was based on past conversations.”

The Flint school district has received about $153 million in COVID-19 funds altogether that the federal government gave to schools to safely reopen. Flint schools received the highest per pupil funding from the COVID-19 funds of any school district in Michigan but that didn’t result in the school being open to in-class learning on a consistent basis.

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In fact, the school district handed out $22,500 bonuses to their employees in January of 2021 that were given right before the school went back into remote learning.