FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Southwest Allen County Schools voted 4-1 to keep masks recommended at Tuesday's school board meeting.
The new policy also says a student can be exempt from quarantining if the ill student and the one in close contact were both wearing masks.
Currently, unmasked students who are within six feet of each other for 15 minutes or greater must quarantine if one tests positive for COVID-19.
That can last 14 days without a COVID-19 test.
In the first week of school alone, SACS had 34 positive cases and 410 quarantined students.
Superintendent Park Ginder argues that masking is the best way to keep students in classrooms.
SACS parent Amanda Tokos says parents want the ability to chose what's best for their children.
“They respect the parents who want to put their kids in masks. They respect that. Same with the vaccination. It’s about having a choice to do what’s in the best interest. There’s been a lot of freedoms we’ve lost in the last two years it’s really important we hold on to the freedoms to be the parents to our children how we want to be," Tokos said.
There was a lot of debate from concerned parents, but at the end of the day, Ginder says everyone just wants what’s best for students.
“The whole argument or conversation tonight among other nights boils down to my son my daughter my grandson my granddaughter. It does become political. What I appreciate about tonight is that even though there were moments of intensity it didn’t get out of hand,” Ginder said.
The Board is unsure of the legality of this policy. They'll be seeking legal counsel on what can and can't be done in the coming days.