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Dozens Rally For EVSC to Drop Mask Requirement Next School Year

Group members and local parents rallied ahead of EVSC's public town hall and school board meeting, but just minutes before the doors opened, the crowd was told only a few people would be allowed in at a time, which led to growing frustrations from many impassioned parents.

Posted: Jun 21, 2021 9:24 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2021 9:37 PM

Dozens of people protested outside the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Monday afternoon demanding the district "unmask the children" for the next school year.

The rally was organized by local group Young Conservatives of Southern Indiana.

"The school board had talked about segregating children," said Gabriel Whitley, founder of YCSI. "The vaccinated can be unmasked and stay in a certain part of the school and the unvaccinated children had to be masked and on the other side of the school."

Group members and local parents rallied from 4 to 5 p.m. ahead of EVSC's public town hall and school board meeting, but just minutes before the doors opened, the crowd was told only a few people would be allowed in at a time.

This led to growing frustrations from many impassioned parents.

"I've been to past school board meetings and I've never seen this town hall where they're only taking two or three people in and we're not hearing anything," said Monica Clark, an EVSC parent. "We're all stuck outside and we have no input, we have no say and we want to be heard; we're tired."

All those who turned out came looking for answers and that's what EVSC provided.

The district actually published its opening plan shortly after the meeting, which it hopes will help to clear any confusion or misconceptions surrounding the upcoming school year.

"There's always going to be rumors that are going to happen in these situations, certainly we are not segregating students by vaccinations status," EVSC Spokesman Jason Woebkenberg said. "We made it very clear we are not requiring vaccinations."

EVSC will make an official decision on it's mask policy in July, but until then, the group plans on rallying outside the Warrick County School Board meeting next Monday.

"We're not stopping, we will be at every meeting and this will grow," Clark said. "I will do everything to see that it happens for our children."

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