The Wicomico County Board of Education has announced a new meeting date and location for the postponed Sept. 14 meeting.
The rescheduled meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Wicomico High School Auditorium. It will immediately begin in open session as the board already met in closed session.
The open portion of the Sept. 14 meeting was postponed after dozens of parents showed up to protest the district’s mask requirements.
The parents also expressed frustration that the board intended to only allow five people at a time into the meeting room during public comment.
The mostly maskless group of parents was informed that if they would not wear masks or abide by the meeting procedures, the meeting would be postponed.
The parents expressed support for the postponement. Many in the group requested a larger venue and different time for the meeting.
According to a news release from Wicomico County public schools, the new meeting venue will allow the public and staff to attend and observe social distancing guidelines.
Additionally, the release says all attendees over the age of 2 must wear a mask to be admitted into the building and throughout the duration of the meeting. If someone refuses to wear a mask, they will not be permitted into the meeting, according to the release.
The meeting agenda says public comment will take place at the end of the meeting. Public comment typically takes place toward the beginning of the meeting before the superintendent’s report.
Those who wish to speak during public comment must fill out a form at a table outside of the meeting room before the meeting begins. Everyone is given three minutes to speak during public comment.
In August, Wicomico County public schools announced they would require masks indoors for all students, staff and visitors.
Since then, Maryland has issued a statewide mask mandate for all public schools.
Maddie Aiken covers education for Delmarva Now/The Daily Times. Have a story tip or idea? Send it her way at email@example.com or on Twitter @madsaiken.