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Benzie schools say it will defy health department orders and not require face masks


When Benzie Central students go to school on Tuesday some of them might not be wearing masks… which is allowed under the district’s policy.

But it’s against the rule issued by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.

Health Officer Lisa Peacock says if she gets reports of mask-less students... the department could penalize the district.

“If they refuse to comply with the order then it is stated in the order that they could be subject to injunctive action. And then that becomes a legal process.”

But some members of the Benzie School Board say they are willing to risk lawsuits and schools being closed… in order to allow parents to have a say.

The school board plans to meet again Friday to discuss its policy.