SACS continues to recommend masks for upcoming school year, but policy could change

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Masks will still be recommended this upcoming school year for Southwest Allen County Schools, however, that decision could change.

Back in July, the school board ruled that masks would be optional for the 2021-22 school years. Since that decision, the word “optional” has changed to “recommended.”

School officials say that they are preparing for the unexpected and working with Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Mathew Sutter, and that if the number of COVID cases increases the school will change its policy.

Newly appointed superintended Dr. Park Ginder also said that he and the board are not ruling out mandating masks again.

“Unfortunately that could happen,” Dr. Park Ginder said. “Right? We haven’t set any parameters for change. So it’s possible that we could be in school for 3 to 5 days, 1 day or change right before school. We may not change for months. I think we have to be local from that standpoint that in this situation the roller coaster is running and we are attached to it.”

Ginder went on to say that he is leaving the decision to parents on whether their children should be vaccinated and at this time the school has not been keeping a record of who is vaccinated and who isn’t.

Masks will still be required for all school bus riders and if a student or staff member is sick they are being asked to stay home.

For more information on Southwest Allen County Schools, visit the district’s website.

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