The wearing of masks in public schools has been a hot topic recently. Those in attendance at last nights special meeting of the St. Mary Parish School Board were given the opportunity to address members of the board. Dr. Teresa Bagwell, superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools, recommended to the board the opt-out provision which would allow for faculty and students to choose whether or not they wear masks in school. The St. Mary Parish School Board followed with a unanimous vote to opt-out of the wearing of masks in K-12 schools. Students and faculty will no longer be required to wear masks. However, Due to the federal mandate on transportation, masks will continue to be required on school buses.