The Evansville Vanderburgh County School Corporation is the latest Indiana school district to revise the mask mandate. Earlier this week, North Gibson and Warrick County schools announced that masks are now optional. There are some guidelines to keep in mind, as students will still need a mask in some situations.
Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated
Per the IDH guidelines, unvaccinated individuals in schools that are mask optional (unless they have had COVID in the previous 90 days) will be required to quarantine at home should they be identified as a close contact to a confirmed positive.
What About Busses?
If your kids ride a bus to or from school, they will need to wear a mask. This is due to the Federal mandate.
North Gibson School Corporation Bus Driver Jon Jon Explains the Federal Policy
EVSC Social Media Statement:
In August 2021, the EVSC announced we would utilize the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDH) Weekly 2-Metric Score for determining our mitigation strategies. Since that time, eligibility for vaccination has expanded to include all students ages 5 and up. Additionally, over 70 percent of Vanderburgh County residents now have either been vaccinated or have developed antibodies from contracting the virus in the previous 90 days. Recent positive case numbers within EVSC have declined to the lowest levels for this academic year. Thankfully, student and staff absenteeism rates have also declined dramatically.
Based on this positive information, masks will now be optional inside all EVSC facilities, beginning Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
Per the IDH guidelines, unvaccinated individuals in schools that are mask optional (unless they have had COVID in the previous 90 days) will be required to quarantine at home should they be identified as a close contact to a confirmed positive. Also, masks will continue to be required on school buses per the federal transportation mandate. We will continue to closely monitor all COVID related data and remain in contact with the Vanderburgh County Health Department. The EVSC will be prepared to adjust mitigation strategies in the future should it become necessary. As we have said many times throughout the pandemic, we appreciate the cooperation and support of our students, families and employees in navigating these unique times.
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Books that Have Recently Been Challenged in School Systems Across the US
Across the country, legislators and school administrators are seeing a spike in efforts to prohibit certain materials from being available in libraries. As a result, books that explore topics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social issues are being targeted. The American Library Association received over 330 reports in the last year alone, containing multiple books that are being challenged all over the U.S.
Check out the following gallery to see some of the books that are currently in hot seats across the country.
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