The Elkhart Community Schools have made the decision to return to a mask-optional policy.
Tuesday night, the schools voted to drop their mask mandate, a move that was effective on Wednesday. The Elkhart Truth reports that the vote was 6-1 in favor of the change. Superintendent Steve Thallheimer says the district has had a 76% reduction in positive cases since the start of the year and a 94% reduction in close contacts.
The move was also encouraged by the district’s installation of air purification units in large classrooms, as well as the CDC’s recent approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.
Due to a federal mandate, masks are still required on school buses.