EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Masks will be optional at Edwardsburg Public Schools when students and staff return to school next week.
After nearly three hours of discussion and 34 speakers over two meetings, the school board on Wednesday night voted 6-1 to begin the school year face-to-face, without a mask mandate, Superintendent James Knoll said in a letter to parents.
Knoll said the district’s decision was based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Van Burren/Cass District Health Department.
“The district highly recommends, but does not require, all persons, including staff, students and visitors to wear a face mask when indoors at a district building or structure, regardless of the person’s vaccination status,” he said in the letter. “In the event that the CDC or the local health department changes its stance from a recommendation to an order or requirement, then the district shall follow that order and require masks accordingly.”
The district is offering a virtual option and the deadline to enroll has been extended to Sept. 9.
Edwardsburg, about 10 miles northwest of Elkhart, has a similar re-entry plan as most schools in Elkhart County. So far, Elkhart and Goshen are the only districts in the county to revise their mask policies making them a requirement.
The first day of school for Edwardsburg is Tuesday.