Masks still required on school buses, public transportation |

Masks still required on school buses, public transportation

Though the Steamboat Springs School District dropped masking requirements in the classroom on Monday, Feb. 14, face coverings are still required on school buses.

Last week the Steamboat Board of Education voted unanimously to make masking optional, but the board did not have the authority to make masks optional on school buses, as those rules were put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC ordered in January 2021 that masks must be worn on all public transportation or transportation hubs like airports or bus terminals. This regulation requires mask wearing on all Steamboat Springs Transit buses and at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, in addition to all school buses.

The CDC rules requires passengers age 2 and older and bus drivers to wear a mask on school buses. It doesn’t matter if the school is public or private.

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