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Several schools in the three states are bringing back the mask | Indiana

Several students in southern Indiana are no longer able to go without a mask.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued an executive order on September 1 encouraging the use of masks in schools.

The order states that schools and daycares with mask requirements will no longer have to quarantine students, teachers or staff who are close contacts and do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Now Northeast Dubois County Schools are bringing back face coverings, along with North and South Gibson School Corporations and North Posey County.

For many school districts, positive cases of COVID-19 are not the main issue. Contact tracing and quarantining of students identified as close contacts is what keeps kids away from their desks the most.

As of September 3, the North Posey School District had only recorded 24 positive cases of COVID-19 among students. However, this has led to over 100 students backpacking and homeschooling.

Now they choose to implement masks as a way to reduce that number.

MSD of North Posey County Superintendent Michael Galvin told 44News, “We want to try to minimize the number of quarantines and keep kids in school for as long as they can. We felt like this was definitely something we needed to leverage to see if it worked or not.

The new protocol only applies to classrooms.

The North Posey County MSD says it plans to reassess its COVID-19 data on Oct. 1, then decide whether the mask requirement will remain in place after the fall recess.

“Our kids appreciate it and I think that’s one of the reasons they understand what we’re trying to do. We try to help them continue to have these activities and this year’s senior class wants to be involved, they want to enjoy these experiences that will last a lifetime,” says Galvin.