EVSC changing mask rules for start of school

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Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 3:08 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation has decided to change masking rules.

They will now be required anytime the Indiana State Department of Health map shows our two metric score is 1.5 or higher.

About a week and a half ago, they announced masks would be recommended, but not required.

They say now, they will be required for the start of school. Vanderburgh County’s current two metric score is 1.5.

Officials say the decision comes because of our spike in COVID-19 cases lately, nearly 500 just last week.

“We have to go back to when we opened school in August last year, we had about 130. It took us until about October to reach 500 cases. So when we are consulting with our health experts in Vanderburgh County, it always is a layered approach,” said Dr. Smith.

Smith says he hopes kids don’t have to spend the whole year in masks, but if the score doesn’t come down they may have to.

Parents we spoke with have mixed reactions. Some don’t think it’s necessary. Others are happy with the change.

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