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WLCSC back to school plan met with mixed feelings by parents

It requires that unvaccinated students and staff from Kindergarten through sixth grade wear a mask while at school.

Posted: Jul 13, 2021 5:06 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2021 6:25 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some parents aren't happy about the West Lafayette Community School Corporation's back to school plans.

As we've reported, the plan was passed by the school board last night.

It requires that unvaccinated students and staff in Kindergarten through sixth grade wear a mask while at school.

Masks are recommended for vaccinated staff, and vaccinated students in that age range won't be required to wear a mask.

However, masks are optional but encouraged for students and staff in grade levels 7 to 12.

The news didn't sit well with some parents, and four spoke before the school board voicing their concern.

Several quoted statistics that claimed the mask could cause mental and physical damage.

"No one here is saying to make masks prohibited," WLCSC parent Amanda Garman. "That's absurd. I would be equally as upset if that was what were sent out in the reopening plan. I'm asking for the option to choose for our families and our children."

Interim Superintendent Ross Sloat said he feels it's what's best for students and staff.

"You can argue both sides," Sloat said. "I mean, we had, at the meeting last night, good information from a group that would prefer not to wear masks. I respect that, and I think our committee went on the more cautious side to recommend the mask wearing."

WLCSC parent Natalie Lucas said she respects the school's decision.

"Right now, where we're at, there are still a lot of things evolving with the virus," said Lucas. "So, I think being more careful and more prudent is the better path."

All students are required to wear a mask on the school bus which follows the CDC guidelines for public transportation.

Sloat said the reason for requiring masks in Kindergarten through sixth grade is because most of those students are not eligible for a vaccine yet.

He said the plan could change depending on what happens with the pandemic.

Click here for the details of WLCSC's back to school plan.

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