FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Northwest Allen County Schools made a more concrete decision on their mask-wearing policy at Monday's board meeting.
The board voted 4-0 to make masks optional during summer session two.
“We’ve had some sighs of relief tonight and applause jointly after the vote took place so that was a refreshing change in our meetings,” NACS Spokeswoman Lizette Downey said.
That could be the case for the fall too if conditions remain.
“I know there are also other parents who have some concerns, who may have some vulnerable children or folks at home who they’re trying to protect,” Downey said.
District resident Nathaniel Mervar says this is far from over.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” Mervar said. “The concern of a lot of the parents here is it’s very undefined. What exactly is that gonna mean?”
Mervar is worried about segregation based on vaccination status.
“Are we gonna have two cast systems in the school? The vaccinated and the unvaccinated kinda drift towards an India system. Is it gonna lead to now you need to be vaccinated to attend,” Mervar asks.
Downey says NACS hears these concerns and is taking them into consideration.
“We’re mindful of everyone and not just one section of the population,” Downey said.