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MADISON — From Savannah to San Francisco, school districts across the nation have ditched their mask mandates.

But not Wisconsin’s liberal citadel.

Madison Metropolitan School District has extended its mask mandate until at least early need month. District officials said they were advised by their team of medical advisors, made up of University of Wisconsin-Madison professors, to keep the order in place. MMSD notified parents that they were extending the mask mandate until at least May 6, “in the interest of its students and staff.”

After briefly going mask-optional, Milwaukee Public Schools is reinstating its mandate.

“The decision was made after determining a significant transmission of the virus within the city of Milwaukee,” the district announced on its website.

More likely district officials bowed again to the demands of the local teachers union, which has fought to keep students locked out classes. The mandate was brought back just one day after Milwaukee schools ended the last order.

MPS held the threat of reinstatement over the heads of its students, but few knew the mandate would be back so soon.

“The district does have the option to revert back to a mandatory mask policy if it is determined that there is a significant transmission of the virus within the city of Milwaukee and/or the school district,” Fox6 reported. 

Even the most liberal school systems in the United States have recognized the best interest of their students is not to force them under ineffective cloth face coverings — something medical experts have known since the start of the pandemic.

“Requirements are now coming to an end even in more liberal states where mandates had received the most support,” District Administration reported last month.

Los Angeles Unified School District lifted its stringent mask mandate on March 23. The city’s mask mandate, of course, didn’t stop Los Angeles leftist Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Hollywood celebrity pals from violating the order at February’s Super Bowl, as the COVID mitigation hypocrite parade rolled on.

San Francisco Schools made masks optional in middle and high schools on March 12 and lifted the mandate for elementary schools on April 2. The Golden State’s holdout, Sacramento City USD, ended its mask requirement this week.

Chicago, Minneapolis and New York have lifted their mask mandates, although New York was trying to keep its “toddler mask mandate” in place for 2-to-4-year-olds even after a judge ruled it unconstitutional.

Overall COVID-19 cases have plummeted nationally since hitting peak levels in January, although infections have started to tick up in recent weeks.  On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services  reported 471 new cases statewide, considerably lower than the seven-day average. Hospitalizations and deaths also have significantly declined. Dane County posted a low COVID-19 community transmission rate.

Mask mandates have expired in Green Bay, Racine, Kenosha, Appleton, Janesville, La Crosse and Beloit. Even in Eau Claire, where last fall the school district worked with the overreaching county health director to forcibly remove a 14-year-old girl from her classes. The girl was deemed to have been in contact with a student who tested positive for COVID and removed from school.

Gov. Tony Evers recently vetoed a bill that would give parents the right to opt their child out of wearing a mask at school.

Had the Wisconsin Supreme Court  not ordered an end to the governor’s statewide mask order a little more than a year ago, face coverings might still be mandatory today.

“The Governor says he doesn’t want the Legislature to ‘insert itself in decisions parents and educators have been making together,’ but that just shows how out of touch he is! Parents have not been a part of the decision-making process, they’ve been ignored,” said Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), author of the bill.

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