Allen County schools prepare for Indiana’s mask mandate

All Indiana schools will have to fall in line with Governor Holcomb's mask mandate as well. Some districts already have a plan in place, while others are in the process of implementing one.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 12:04 AM
Updated: Jul 23, 2020 10:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Now that Governor Eric Holcomb is implementing a mask mandate, East Allen County and Northwest Allen County School Districts have put the final touches on their back to school plans.

“Our kids should not be getting mixed messages throughout the day. When they leave school grounds, they need to see that everyone is doing what they're doing that best practices are best for all by slowing or stopping many times the unknowingly transmission of COVID-19,” Holcomb explained.

At Monday’s East Allen County School Board meeting, they discussed the full re-opening plan where the board gave consensus to move forward.

It's outlined on the district's website.

Throughout much of the day, students and faculty are expected to wear masks.

"Face coverings will be worn when staff and students are transitioning from the bus, transitioning between classes and the hallways, and while they are waiting in lines. There may be opportunities where students may remove their coverings in the classroom when social distancing is possible," EACS spokesperson Tamyra Kelly said.

Northwest Allen County School District also has a plan in the works but they're awaiting some final steps.

"Northwest Allen County Schools are still working on details of the plan we have. We are submitting it to the Allen County Department of Health for their review and feedback," NACS spokesperson Lizette Downey said.

Of course, there are exceptions in the Governor's mandate for medical reasons

“We will apply mandatory mass wearing for students in the third grade and above, faculty and staff, volunteers and others who may be in a school or for co-curricular or extracurricular activities, with exceptions for strenuous physical activities,” Holcomb said.

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Cases: 312521

Reported Deaths: 5498
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Elkhart17177221
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Porter827986
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Floyd316277
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Grant272550
Noble255046
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Cases: 382743

Reported Deaths: 6274
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