FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Mask mandates are being relaxed across Indiana and the country, but what about in schools?
That was a hot topic at Tuesday’s Southwest Allen County Schools board meeting, with some parents advocating for mask choice for next school year, while others want to keep the masks on to protect the kids and others in the community.
Some were also concerned about a mask mandate being tied to the district’s return to learn plan and federal emergency funding.
In parent Amanda Tokos’ eyes, everything comes down to choice, including masks and COVID vaccines.
“But at the end of the day, I’m not gonna tell you what to do with your child. I’m not gonna tell you to vaccinate your child but that’s essentially what’s happening here,” she said.
She’s concerned that mandating masks next year will do more harm than good to children.
And the new CDC guidelines added another layer to the argument.
“Prior to that announcement, they announced here in the state that, you didn’t need to wear a mask anywhere except for in school. That’s total hypocrisy,” she said.
Another SACS parent, Cammy Sutter, put it simply.
“I think masks work,” she said.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people can be maskless now with a few exceptions.
Tokos is concerned about what the vaccine could do to her child.
“They want me to inject her with a vaccination that’s experimental because other people will feel safe even though we don’t know what the long-term harms are? That’s selfish,” she said.
Sutter sees it differently.
“It feels to me like people are putting their individual needs and wants over what’s best for the community. And I think when we’re in a public health crisis we need to take a different point of view,” she said.
A Southwest Allen County Schools spokesperson said the return to learn plan has not been finalized or submitted yet.