Warrick Co. students return to classrooms

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 6:19 AM CDT
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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Warrick County students headed to school Wednesday morning.

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Those students are required to wear masks for the start of this school year.

The decision to require masks comes after a rise in COVID cases caused by the delta variant in the last few weeks.

Those masks have gotten a mixed reaction from parents.

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However, parent Candi Payne says it’s not an ideal situation, but going to school with masks on is better than not going to school in person at all.

”I just keep trying to tell the kids that not everyone is wanting to be in a mask either. And it’s okay we just have to do what we have to do to get through it and hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later,” said Payne.

Payne sent seven kids back to school Wednesday morning.

While it’s the first day back to school for students, it was also the first day of school for the new Warrick County Superintendent Dr. Todd Lambert.

Dr. Lambert had to make a decision on masking within his first few months of taking his role.

“As far as the decision goes, as we watch data come back, and we start to see that trend come downward, that’s when we’ll make our call to take them off,” said Dr. Lambert.

Dr. Lambert said they’re watching the data and hoping around labor day they’ll be able to drop the mask rule.

We also asked Dr. Lambert about parents who might be anxious to send their kids back to school.

”We have kids that are fragile, and we have kids that are medically fragile,” said Dr. Lambert. “And I know some of our parents have expressed concerns that when you’re in a community that has some spread and it’s picking back up, they’re worried about the vulnerable of their own children. So I think for us, we try to assure them that we have safety protocols in place, particularly with the masks. We want all of our kids here...”

We also asked what students should do should they get quarantined, or have to stay home if they get COVID. Dr. Lambert said the best bet is to contact the individual school for directions.

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