Gilbert Public Schools board to meet about mask policy

Gilbert Public Schools district office
Gilbert Public Schools' governing board will meet April 22 to discuss the district's mask policy. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Public Schools' governing board will meet April 22 to discuss the district's mask policy. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board will meet April 22 to consider modifying or ending its mask policy.

The special meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the board room at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The meeting also will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.


The meeting was scheduled after Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order April 18 that allowed schools to lift face mask restrictions. However, the order does not require districts to do so.

The mask policy is the only item for discussion on the agenda at the special meeting, but there will be a public comment period before the board acts.

After Ducey’s order, the district emailed all families that existing policy requiring face coverings while on GPS campuses would remain in place until further notice.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.