NACS board votes to require masks

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): In front of a contentious crowd, the Northwest Allen County School Board voted 3-2 to institute a mask mandate Monday night.

According to the Journal Gazette, board members voting in favor of the mandate were told they had “no soul,” and there was arguing between Board President Kent Somers and Board Vice President Liz Hathaway on the motion.

Hathaway, Kristi Schlatter, and Ron Felger voted in favor, while Somers and Steve Bartkus voted against it.

The move comes as the Delta variant of COVID-19 proves to be highly contagious in schools. Superintendent Chris Himsel – who had previously sent parents a letter encouraging them to get their kids to voluntarily wear a mask to school – told the board that 12% of the NACS student body is either quarantined or isolated due to cases. Many of those cases are among elementary students too young to be vaccinated.

In the first two weeks of the school year, NACS has reported 168 confirmed student cases of COVID-19, compared to 377 in all of the previous school year.  The mandate begins Wednesday and runs until October 14th. Read the full resolution at the below link:

NACS RESOLUTION REQUIRING FACE MASKS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Last week, North Adams Community Schools instituted a mask mandate, while Smith-Green, Manchester, and East Noble schools all instituted some form of remote or virtual learning due to outbreaks.

Fort Wayne Community Schools made masks mandatory for students, staff, and visitors at the beginning of the school year.

The topic of masks and other coronavirus restrictions in schools has led to contentious school board meetings across the nation, with the exchanges becoming so extreme it has led to some school board members considering resigning from their posts.

21 COMMENTS

  1. What do you know….another school board forcing Communism on students. Safety is NOT what is going on here.

    This was all pre-planned. “Masks”wasnt on the agenda, none of the school board was wearing masks last time, all but 2 were wearing masks this time. Unusally large Sherrif presence. The non masking parents obviously outnumbered the ones that were in favor of it and the school board still voted in favor. WANE Tv issued a “congratulations” to NACS for voting in favor of masks the moment it happened.

    Pull your kids out now, this is 100% about control over your kids

    • Forcing communism huh? That’s your argument. If the government wanted to become a communist, they wouldn’t start with masking. I noticed that the school board weren’t all wearing masks. They should’ve been if they wanted a better influence. I say their decision not to wear a mask was stupid, but shouldn’t affect the public health though. They made a bad choice, but masks should be worn to ensure that covid doesn’t spread more. People like you guys need to do your own ACTUAL research, and not bias your searches either.

      • If masks “work”, then why aren’t they working? They have never worked over the last 18 months of dealing with this crap.

        Communism – “they wouldn’t start with masking” So you are an expert on turning a Free Country into a Communism Country? It starts with producing obedient sheep like you that blindly follow their orders calling it “Science”, without providing ACTUAL science.

        “People like you guys need to do your own ACTUAL research, and not bias your searches either.” …..Is that why you keep touting this propaganda BS and no absolution nothing of the US Constitution? Have you read the Indiana Code regarding Public Health emergencies? How about the studies on masking? How about the studies on People that have had the virus and recovered vs taking the vaccine? How about Military training with Chemical and biological warfare?

        I read your crap (also below) and everything you wrote sounds like the same Useful idiot crap politicians have be pushing on you sheep. Notice the Politicians don’t even follow their own “orders”.

        Go hide in your hole useful idiot

        • I see you are stuck in your arrogant ways. So I will just leave you off with this. Don’t go posting random stuff like this if you aren’t expecting feedback. You can keep your comments to yourself. You don’t need to go all public about it. You sir, will not change anything doing that. Have a good day.

          • I’m not stuck in any way, I just call it like I see it, and just like 90% of the room at the school board meeting agrees with me. All the people that oppose this Communism can smell the BS.

            I encourage feedback as this country was once built on the free flow of ideas. But now all discussion is silenced with social media, and obvious nonsense cramed down everyones throat in the name of “science” without providing real scientific research.

            So you think I should be silenced? (“Keep my comments to myself…dont need to go all public”)…that is mighty communist of you!
            But the 90% in the room with me will certainly change it.

            The only way our little conversation could be any better is if you turned out to be some POS like that school board VP Elizabeth Hathaway…the Nazi that pushed the mask discussion on the President without it being on the agenda or even giving the rest of the school board a heads up. Nazis like Elizabeth Hathaway and the other 2 that voted for this crap will certianly be voted out next term.

  2. Freedom, that is what is being taken away here. My kid is sick due to the mask, what about my RIGHTS as a parent to keep my kid keep healthy? I know it is the mask, my doctor stats it is the mask, but nope, the ALMIGHTY system says have to wear the mask. Where did the school system and governement become the parent here? FWCS is pathetic and fall to be a people pleaser and are contridicting what this country is established on, Freedom. They are showing Freedoms are not what we have anymore and are further moving us to a controlled country. Guess we need to move to Montana where they have it right! Highly considering pulling my kid out of this crap of public school! And way to cave NACS! Stay strong East Noble and other districts with common sense. Oh and did we not see this is recoverable, we lose more to heart disease and cancer, but we choose to focus on this??? At this rate everyone should have it and we will all be immune…but I am sure they will come up with something else, due to what they lie about with Covid-19, as it is a strand of the coronavirus, aka, common cold. We all get a cold. Teach kids how to boost the immune system (zinc, Vit A, C, D3 w/K2) and pay for it on the EBT cards the govt keeps handing out to kids in the system and lets move on!

    • Except for the fact, that the common cold doesn’t kill people. I haven’t seen people hospitalized, on ventilators, or in ICU for the common cold. I would love to hear your reasoning why your child is sick FROM the mask. I wore my mask all year and never got sick. I went to school without my mask, because it wasn’t mandated at the time, and I got sick the first day. And if you want to talk about freedom and rights. Where are my rights to stay healthy? I don’t feel like being hospitalized. Are masks 100% about blocking the virus? No. That’s why everyone needs to wear one. It is only most efficient when everyone wears a mask. You say this virus is recoverable? Yeah, maybe with forever lasting and life changing results too. People have been hospitalized and survived, but now they forever have to carry oxygen with them to breathe. You’re not perfect, you don’t get to have all of your dreams come true. Freedom doesn’t mean “I can do whatever I want”. This isn’t a laissez-faire. The government can intervene with public health issues. That’s kind of part of their job. I’d gladly have you move to Montana. That’s one less person with a low IQ in this state.

      • Great, another Anonymous Moron!!

        So you have 1 example of how you got sick and think that’s just the way it works? Why does the virus continue to spread where masks are 100% used?

        “common cold doesn’t kill people” No, but the Flu does….and people under the age of 50 are more likely to die from the Flu (CDC Coronavirus vs 2019-2019 flu statistics). People over 50 take precautions, So why the Communism Now?

        “freedom and rights”…Hey stupid, so you are saying take away MY Rights, and give them to YOU….You obviously know nothing of the US Constitution. This Country was built on an Individuals RIGHTS and Freedoms…You are responsible for you. If YOU are afraid of this Flu, then do what YOU need to do. You can F-off if you want to force me. Why don’t you try boosting your immune system if you want “to stay healthy”?

        “Are masks 100% about blocking the virus? No. That’s why everyone needs to wear one. It is only most efficient when everyone wears a mask.”….You can’t be serious. I’m sure you don’t understand how stupid this reads. So How much of the virus is blocked? How long does this protection last…during the entire school day? how about when people are adjusting it with their hands or removing it with their hands to STUFF FOOD IN THEIR MOUTH? Using the same mask day to day? What about your eyes…that is a pathway for a virus in the air? What about the air you exhale that flows around the mask?

        “but now they forever have to carry oxygen with them to breathe.”… working next to Parkview, I don’t see all the people leaving on with oxygen, nor has my Aunt in Toledo that works in the Covid wing mention all the oxygen people.

        “Freedom doesn’t mean “I can do whatever I want”. “…YES, THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF FREEDOM you moron!!

        “The government can intervene with public health issues.”… NOT in the US Constitution. Also, Read the Indiana Code (if you can read)…”To direct services and resources” ..which does not supersede the US Constitution.

        If you love communism so much, go move to China.

        Stupid people like you are the problem!!

        • I feel like you’re the problem here. I was trying to be civil with our conversation. You obviously don’t know everything in the world. I was giving you my perspective. I also fact checked a lot of the information I said in my previous response. I am more than capable of checking my info before spreading it to people like you who have no argument. You obviously don’t understand common sense. I do understand that you’re questioning our government. That is in your right to do. But I will say that people who don’t mask are hurting more than helping. Like seriously? You’re gonna say your rights are taken away because you have to wear a mask. It isn’t going to hurt you, and in fact it helps other people. It is a piece of material meant to block water droplets from your mouth from being spread. The masks work very well because viruses can’t survive on their own. There is no such thing as a naked virus. I also don’t think you understand what freedom actually means IN CONTEXT. The literal definition of freedom you got spot on. But freedom in our country is not that. If you took freedom by definition in a government. There wouldn’t be a government. The term freedom goes to an extent. So its not that hard to just wear a mask for a bit in public, then go back home and take it off. I have plenty of people who have severe asthma, and they complain less. So please be civil and maybe think of the other perspective before ranting.

          • I was civil till you criticized the previous poster as “low IQ”…and why, because you dont agree? But now you want me Shut Up (comments above) and to be “civil”….F-off you Communist!!!!!

            I always cringe when someone says they “fact check” because all that ever really means is you go to the nearest government website that is pushing the agenda to look for your own validation.

            Nothing I wrote about the masks being ineffective is incorrect. If you read the studies the CDC cites, there are problems with the study(usually states it in the summary). And for every study the CDC cites, there is another actual verified study that shows masks dont work and some studies suggests masks contribute to the spread. I know you cant comprehend that, but encourage you to look at studies over seas.

            “So its not that hard to just wear a mask for a bit in public, then go back home and take it off”…..ah yes, the “its not really a big inconvineance” argument. Thats pathetic.

            I really encourage you to read and understand the constitution and even take a civils class, because you have no idea what freedom is in this Country.

            Throughout the day, I’m listening to WOWO, NPR and reading Fox and ABC, aside from looking up articles and journals to do my own “fact checking”..thats the point right? To get all perspectives as possible to come to a conclusion….which is why this government pushed covid/mask/vaccine smells like $H1T

  3. Noticed that Chris Himsel said that “12% of the NACS student body is either quarantined or isolated due to cases”….CASES!!!..but he never said that any of them have symptoms. I know of 2 kids personally without symptoms that tested positive, and their friends without symptoms that tested positive. IT IS A FACT THAT ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 50 IS MORE LIKELIY TO DIE FROM THE FLU…look it up on the CDC website. I used to have a lot of respect for Chris, but all that is long gone. He obviously is not competent and shouldn’t be in charge of NACS.

    Then there’s the problem that the school board shuffling in a couple of Pro-Mask “Doctors” to give a speech, as if they are experts. WHY DON”T PEOPLE FOLLOW ACTUAL SCIENCE!!!

    Masks don’t work, and they never will for a virus transmitted through the air. Try telling the Military they must use N95 masks going to Biological War. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

    All you smart people do realize that you can contract an aerosol virus through you EYES. What are going to do, FORCE people to wear goggles too.

    IDIOCRACY is what we are living in with these Morons

    • You say it is transmitted through the air, but if you were smart enough to know. It isn’t just floating around everywhere. It is transmitted through droplets from your nose and mouth. The masks help reduce the spread of those droplets. People still get covid because they remove their mask, touch surfaces that might have been coughed or sneezed on, etc. The mask doesn’t prevent covid. It HELPS prevent the spread of it. But you know what helps more? Getting vaccinated! The vaccine helps control the possible severe symptoms of covid. You can’t use the excuse of it not being FDA approved anymore, because recently the Pfizer vaccine got FDA approved. Think wisely.

      • Thinking wisely means thinking for yourself., not group think.

        And I dont need an excuse for not getting the “vaccine” other than I have a perfectly healthy immune system, and we all have proven therapeutics already available….no need to get the “vaccine”. Besides, Its not a vaccine anyways…the shot is a thearaputic. Want proof? Notice they are already saying people need Booster shots…like the FLU!!! They don’t classify the flu shot as a vaccine.

        At the end of the day, they are saying Covid will always be around like another Flu season (Cambridge study yesterday -8/31). You going to wear a mask for the rest of your life? What a great life you will have.

        • I see that covid will always be around too, but not because of what you think. The virus can be easily diminished without a host. If everyone got vaccinated and wore masks since the beginning, we would be living better off right now. But now people who haven’t gotten vaccinated or wore their masks, allowed a variant of covid to be made. I can give you a good handful of countries who listened to their government, and they never had to shut down their country. I mean really, it all comes down to common sense man.

  4. How many of the 12%teachers were out of supposed covid?. How many died?. Why do common cold symptoms warrant mask’s. Remember the 14 day ( bend the curve) Then the death rates are to high. Death rates go down. Then it changed to infection rates are to high, nevermind that the death toll matches a seasonal flu. People with underlying conditions are always at risk of dying from common illness’s. Funny when u look into the backgrounds of these school board & superintendents they have medical or science backgrounds.

    • Yeah, Elizabeth Hathaway…the school board VP that blind sidded the President with this mask crap has a degree in Electrical Engineering…she certainly is not dumb.

      This is about the money. Governor Holcomb extended the emergency declaration which keeps the federal dollars coming into the State for Covid relieve. Theres alot of federal money flowing to the school system too.

      What parts arent about money is about control.

  5. Man, all of you guys are annoying. Wearing a mask is not infringing on your rights. It’s a piece of fabric! Are you going to protest against clothes next? Are you mad that the government is making you wear clothes? I understand it’s your right to wear a mask or not, but it is also my right to public health and safety. When people like you don’t wear a mask, you’re putting more in danger than just me. Call me a government sheep, but you’d be wrong. I don’t follow the government, I follow science. Science has led me to understand that masks work. The sooner you all suck it up and wear a mask, the sooner we’ll get back to normal where you won’t have to decide between masking or not.

  6. I love it when I just got done commenting that the information posted on the CDC website has all kinds of holes in it and to look up over seas studies, then some moron goes on here and posts a bunch of CDC links to the same “studies” that are crap.

    Then you claim “I have plenty of doctors in my family that have proven masks work.” ….Just so you know, everyone in my family is a doctor and they all prove it’s pointless…. See, I can lie too.

    “Common Sense” is another buzz word to Democrats just like they use “Science”…to discourage any discussion when they don’t have the ability to silence you on social media.

    Why does covid spread in the presence of 100% mask wearing again? Perhaps the “plenty of Doctors in your family” can explain

    Great job moron, you are your own worst nightmare.

    • Again simple answer.

      1. There isn’t 100% mask wearing, so it still spreads anyways
      2. Masks aren’t 100% effective either, they help reduce the amount of spread

      But like seriously, how delusional are you? It seriously isn’t that hard to comprehend. I agree to be skeptical about a lot of things, but believing everything is a lie won’t get you anywhere. Open up your borders a bit. Start trying to see the other side. I’ve done that with your side. I understand why you’re arguing your side, I am trying to get you to see my point though.

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