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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says mandatory mask are “certainly a possiblity” for the coming school year. Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman file

OKLAHOMA CITY — Masks could become as common in Oklahoma classrooms as whiteboards and pencils, as schools and state officials consider whether to require face coverings for staff and students.

A mask mandate for all public schools in the state is “certainly a possibility,” state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.

The superintendent called masks the “bedrock” of slowing spread of the coronavirus and keeping schools open. Families who oppose masks for anything other than a medical reason are free to choose virtual education, Hofmeister said.

“If people want to be in school in person, then we all need to be willing to keep others and ourselves safe by wearing a mask,” she said.

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