Tensions over a Colorado district’s mask mandate is leading to an increased police presence

Parents and students in a Colorado school district will see more law enforcement officers as tensions flare amid a new mask mandate.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday that more officers will appear at Eagle County School District schools Monday “due to the tensions in the community, related to the new mask guidelines.”

The announcement comes after the district announced Friday that it would institute a mask mandate for everyone entering school buildings where students are present in pre-K through eighth grades, at an early learning center and during indoor middle school athletic events starting Monday, according to a news release. That’s the first day of classes in Eagle County, which includes the towns of Eagle and Vail.

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