They couldn’t mask their excitement.
Adorable video shows young kids at a Las Vegas school jumping for joy when told they could ditch their face masks.
The footage, posted to Twitter on Thursday, captured the class of youngsters at an unnamed elementary school jumping up, dancing and cheering in glee when told Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak had rescinded the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate earlier in the day.
“Starting tomorrow, we don’t have to wear masks anymore!” a teacher shouts to the students, prompting the kids to jump out of their seats and pump their fists in elation, the clip shows.
Other students bust out dance moves or scream in jubilation, while the footage shows a boy in a hoodie instantly pulling down his mask.
“Is anybody excited?!” the teacher asks, eliciting another round of screams from the kiddies.
One version of the video posted on Twitter had been retweeted about 15,600 times as of early Friday.
“Champion hoodie kid is literally all of us right now,” a person wrote. “Kid is about to throw the chair out of the window in excitement. God bless him.”
The rowdy celebration came after Sisolak lifted the state’s mask mandate but said school districts may set their own policies. Masks will still be required on school buses because of federal regulations.
Officials with the Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, said masks would no longer be required after Sisolak’s directive. Clark County is the nation’s fifth-largest school district, serving 300,000 students and 40,000 employees, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The largest teachers union in Nevada, the Clark County Education Association, said it supported the move but encouraged staffers, parents and students alike to “make the best individual choice” for themselves, KTNV reported.
Some parents and teachers said they were overjoyed by the development, while others were less enthused, KLAS reported.
“We were elated,” Clark County teacher Derek Thomas said, adding that masks had made it harder to connect with boys and girls in his class. “I have to understand who some of my students are, because I’ve only seen their eyes, and I get to actually meet them now.”
But the mother of one student said she thought the move came too soon, especially for people with compromised immune systems.
“The governor did not think this through,” Christina Brooks told KLAS. “We should have had some warning.”
Governors of four states — New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon — announced plans earlier this week to lift statewide mask requirements in schools by the end of February or March.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday the state would end its mandate requiring masks in most indoor public spaces but kept masking rules in schools in place through at least the first week of March, when the issue would be revisited after students return from winter break.
A private school in Brooklyn, Poly Prep Country Day School, has already made masks optional starting Feb. 14, but state officials said the move is a “violation” of ongoing mandates.
With Post wires