Some local parents have started a petition demanding the Diocese of Evansville drop their mask mandate.
At the beginning of the school year, masks were optional for students and staff at Evansville Catholic Schools.
One mother of 5, Lauren Gries, told 44News that she chose to send her children to an Evansville Catholic School so that she could be more involved in the decision processes. However, now she says the decision to make masks a requirement was personal.
“Even right before our first day of school, our school was praising parents for doing a great job for making it a successful school year despite the circumstances. And then three days later the tables were turned,” said Gries.
Starting August 13th, masks were no longer a choice for students and staff at Evansville Catholic Schools, as numbers continued to rise.
Gries created a petition that gained support from parents all over the city.
“Our end goal is that the mask mandate, specifically for the Evansville Catholic Diocese Schools, be reversed to what it was on our first day of school; which was that masks are optional. That it is up to the parent to make that decision for their child,” said Gries.
Students are required to wear masks inside school buildings and on buses, for two weeks, until numbers start to fall again.
Gries and several other parents say, “The masks shouldn't be the one size fits all approach on such a divided issue.”
A link to the petition can be found below.