Gov. Holcomb makes slight change in newest executive order

Gov. Holcomb makes slight change in newest executive order

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - We are learning about a change in face mask requirements for students at Indiana schools.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the six feet rule from CDC guidelines. That has been the standard distance and rule of thumb for social distancing.

However, in Governor Holcomb’s newest executive order, there’s a slight change. It says that students do not have to wear a mask during in-person instruction as long as they are three feet apart and all facing the same direction.

“I just don’t want to throw the kids in there. Especially with everything changing- one week it’s six feet apart, next week it’s three feet apart, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear a mask, it’s ever changing,” said Holcomb.

Governor Holcomb addressed the change in a recent Facebook post saying he consulted with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics before modifying his executive order.

Gov. Holcomb makes slight change in newest executive order

We spoke to a mother who tells us a couple of her kids go to Joshua Academy and two others go to North.

But this year, they’re all doing virtual, at least for the first semester.

She says this is mostly because of health concerns such as asthma, but she also says they want consistency.

“My hope is that they could go back this year, but I’m kind of preparing for long-term that they may be doing virtual this whole school year,” said Patricia Watkins.

The order maintains that instructors must wear a mask unless they are six feet away from students and faculty during instruction.

Tell City Troy Township schools, on Facebook, says they plan to follow this guidance.

We also reached out to EVSC but did not hear back.

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