CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Masks are now recommended at Clay County Schools, but not required.
The new guidelines were passed by a unanimous vote by the Clay County School Board of Trustees. This new change adopts new CDC and state guidelines.
Previously masks were listed as optional in Clay County’s re-opening plan. Right now, the Clay County School Board will not enforce a mask mandate in any of it’s schools.
Many voiced their concerns at the school board meeting due to face coverings not being required. The county is at a red level advisory with a 7 day positivity rate of almost 16.5%.
However, Carrie Siples says she supports the board’s decision.
“Masks when they’re on a kid’s face interrupts their learning and their ability to hear what’s going on. Plus, if we allow the government to continue to enforce mandates on them it silences them and keeps them from speaking up. It’s really important to me that our kids know that they should stand up and speak up for what’s right and for freedom.” Siples said.
We asked the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for comment at tonight’s meeting on plans going forward and neither shared a comment.