FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Sandra Vohs can’t wait to get back to teaching in person.
“[I’m] super excited,” Vohs said. “I think teachers would like to put last year behind them.”
The Fort Wayne Education Association President says in-person learning is vital for a majority of students.
And that could potentially now include masks.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending universal masking because many students still aren’t eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and masks help with preventing the spread.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says it will be critical to monitor the uptick in cases.
“The important thing will be, will that translate into more hospitalizations or deaths?” he said. “So far we’ve not seen a big increase in that.”
He said the choice to require masks still rests with the schools.
“The governor has made that very clear that that’s a decision for the school boards,” Sutter said.
Lizette Downey with Northwest Allen County Schools says the school board doesn’t have any plans as of now to change the mask-optional vote.
“We know from experience now, the closer we get to go day or the first day of school, the better decision we can make,” Downey said.
And it would be an important one.
Vohs says in-person learning is vital for most students.
“There’s all kinds of reasons for that, from the social interaction to just being able to read people’s body language, to being able to keep your attention,” Vohs added.
For now, Downey says it’s important to follow the science.
“We will continue to monitor and follow the guidelines of those experts ahead of us, and we look forward to having a nice full school year with the students and on-site learning,” she said.
FOX 55 also heard from Fort Wayne Community Schools on Monday, which said it also doesn’t have plans as of now to change the mask-optional vote.