FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Changes were made to the Southwest Allen County Schools reopening plan at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Superintendent Park Ginder changed the language made on July 26 from "Mask Optional" to "Mask Recommended."
“You’re gunna put an N-95 on a first grader?! And they’re gunna touch their face," a parent said at the microphone.
Parents on both sides of the masking argument spoke up at the meeting.
“I recommend that we are not recommending masks in school, but requiring masking in school," another parent said.
Superintendent Ginder says SACS is doing their best to accommodate all parents.
“The overwhelming majority of people in SACS are incredibly pleased. I know this through contact — talking to them at registration today at school or via phone and email," Ginder said.
Ginder brought to the board’s attention a change in the language made on July 26 for their reopening plan.
“Most Americans at this point expect some sort of change, some kind of curveball to be thrown," he said.
The change was made to mirror advive from health experts, but does not impact the plan the board approved on July 13.
Incoming high school senior Sophia spoke out to represent the people she says are actually affected by these policies.
“I thought second semester it would be optional but when we got back from winter break we found out that we had to wear masks again. It was very frustrating," she said.
And if masks were to be required for the 2021-2022 school year…
“It’d be like a reoccurring nightmare.”
Southwest Allen County Schools says they’ll continue to monitor local and federal health guidelines and adjust accordingly.