EACS school board votes down proposed mask mandate

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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – The East Allen County Schools board voted against requiring masks in its schools during a regular meeting Tuesday night. The board voted 3-4.

According to the proposed reopening plan, masks would have been required inside all EACS buildings, buses and during after-school activities. If a student or staff member was considered a close contact, they would not have had to quarantine if they were not showing symptoms of COVID-19.

In the meeting, Superintendent Marilyn Hissong said since the school year began, 400 students have tested positive for COVID-19, with 197 in the past week alone. There have been over 2,000 students quarantining. The majority of the cases were in the high schools and junior high schools.

The changes would have gone into effect on Sept. 13 and expired at midnight on Oct. 14.

Vote breakdown:

  • Jenny Blackburn: yes 
  • Steven Screeton: yes 
  • Timothy Hines: no
  • Todd Buckmaster: no 
  • Rob Turpin: no 
  • Paulette Nellems: yes 
  • Gayle Etzler: no 

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