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Tri-State schools respond to new CDC recommendations for mask-wearing

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2021 at 9:37 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Tri-State schools are adjusting to new recommendations passed down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

Schools across the country are working to put new mask guidances in place.

[READ MORE: Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says]

14 News spoke with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation about the new CDC policies, which school representatives said will guide their decisions.

CDC officials said they want a full reopening of all schools, but they still want at least three feet of space between students. If this isn’t possible, other precautions like masks have been recommended.

The CDC has also recommended that unvaccinated people stay masked up in schools.

EVSC leaders said they are still formulating their plans. However, EVSC Chief Communications Officer Jason Woebkenberg said following CDC recommendations is what allowed them to be successful this past school year.

“We’re committed to making sure it’s going to be a successful school year, but also a safe school year,” Woebkenberg said. “So that’s why we want to seek all the guidance we can and give it the appropriate amount of time so that when we do release more specific information, it’s information that’s going to be pertinent and allow us to have a great school year.”

Woebkenberg said they will take the CDC guidance into account, along with recommendations from the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

EVSC plans to have a full policy list available in about two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County told 14 News that an optional mask policy will be in place, except on buses and other school transportation.

Superintendent Michael Galvin said they want to avoid any situation where a student would feel excluded.

He said school leaders will monitor the situation and CDC recommendations like these which are intended to keep children safe, and health will be factored into their decisions moving forward.

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