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EVSC adjusting mask requirements

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The EVSC is making an adjustment to the masking rules.

They say masks must now be worn in classrooms, and there will be routine mask breaks.

[Previous: EVSC changing mask rules for start of school]

Emails and phone calls went out to the parents of EVSC students Tuesday night, letting them know masks would now be required inside classrooms. They say this is in-line with CDC guidelines, and will help keep kids in classrooms.

Jason Woebkenberg, EVSC Chief Communication Officer, said, ”Our ultimate goal is...we’re balancing the needs of students, the academic needs with the health and safety of everyone involved, and we want to keep students in schools so they don’t miss valuable instruction and don’t miss out on those very important extracurricular activities.”

School officials say no one wants to be wearing a mask, but their priority is to keep kids in school, rather than having to be stuck at home.

But it’s not quite that easy, some parents worry about how well younger kids will keep the masks on.

Charleigh Murphy, a parent of an EVSC student, said, ”They’re young and they don’t really understand it, so they’re going to keep taking them off anyway. It’s not going to be good, they’re going to end up getting sick faster, switching masks and everything still.”

Others are grateful for administrators taking steps to keep kids safe.

Kamren Poole, another EVSC parent, said, ”I think it’s actually a good experience because it keeps them from all the germs and he don’t have to come home and wash his hands when he needs to, come home from a long day of school and, you know, I just think it’s a great idea until Covid finally goes away, someday.”

Even some younger students understand the reasons behind what they have to do.

Carter Floyd, a 4th grader, said ”Because Covid is around, and then Covid is getting worse and more. The Covid is going up, not down.”

School officials say anyone identified as a close contact in the future may return to school on day eight with a negative PCR Covid test.

They say that test has to be taken on day five, six or seven following exposure.

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