NACS board extends mask mandate until December 18

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A mask mandate for Northwest Allen County Schools will continue until mid-December at the earliest.

In a meeting that was only open to the public via YouTube due to what school district officials said were security concerns, the board voted 3 to 2 to continue a mask mandate that was implemented around Labor Day after NACS facilities saw a big jump in student COVID-19 cases and quarantines. According to our Partners in News at ABC 21, those case numbers have since dropped off dramatically.

Board President Kent Somers and member Steve Bartkus voted “no.”

Prior to last night, the school board also suspended public comments at meetings after some opponents to the masking rules became disruptive, and according to NACS officials, on recommendations from local law enforcement. An Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy disputed that on Fort Wayne’s Morning News today, saying the department had made no efforts to tell the district how to run meetings.

3 COMMENTS

  1. It appears that the school board of NWAC can not be trusted. By eliminating parent input they show contempt for the democratic process. The school board is there to represent the parents. After all how did the members of the board become members? By a vote of the people of the district. Now we find that they are making up stories to justify eliminating parent input as proven by ” An Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy disputed that on Fort Wayne’s Morning News today, saying the department had made no efforts to tell the district how to run meetings.” Extending the masking policy may have been a good idea but the merit of the policy is lost due to the boards inappropriate elimination of the parents right to speak at the board meeting. The board members need to be removed. We need a public supported measure on the next ballet allowing quick recall and replacement of public servants who do not serve the public.

  2. himsel sent out 3 emails in 24 hours trying to cover his tracks from everything ranging from crt aka sel aka dont tell parents we are teaching this, to the sherif.

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