Helena, MT – Today, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte announced the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) issued an emergency rule promoting parental rights regarding masking in schools. Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the statement below:
“Parents deserve a voice in decisions that impact their children, including top-down directives that determine if their child has to wear a mask all day at school,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “I hope schools across the state will follow the rules direction, lift up the voices of Montana parents, and empower them to decide what is best for their child.”
So far in the public schools in Cody Wyoming, wearing masks are an option. But in the state of Montana an emergency Rule #1 has been issued in Montana, it is necessary to provide essential health, well-being, fundamental rights, and a safe and effective learning environment for Montana Youth. Emergency rule one protects Montana students returning to school who may experience adverse effects from mandatory mask wearing by directing the schools and school districts that they should consider, and be able to demonstrate consideration of, parental concerns when adopting mask mandates, and should provide those students or parents or guardians, on their behalf, with the ability to opt-out of wearing a mask, as necessary.
All Wyoming students and parents can and should stand up against any health officer or school teacher, or parent or school district whom tries to control students by implementing illegal mask mandates.