Parents of students concerned after Ingham County drops school mask mandate

“I think it’s a little too soon.”
Parents of students concerned after Ingham County drops school mask mandate
Published: Feb. 10, 2022 at 10:49 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Family members expressed concern Thursday night after Ingham County’s announcement to drop its mask mandate in schools.

Update: Lansing School District will decide mask issue before Ingham County mandate expires

The decision comes after a 78% decrease in COVID cases over the past two weeks in the county. Shari Horwath, a grandparent of students in Ingham county, wishes this would have happened as the weather got warmer.

“Patience. Just a few more weeks, you know, I just think its too soon.” said Horwath.

Dawn Moline, who was picking her grandkids up from school, said the same. “I don’t know if the counts are low enough yet, you know not everybody has their shots and stuff.”

Read: Ingham County rescinds two emergency orders, including mask requirement in schools

Even with the announcement school districts will have the final say in the what the next steps are, Jason Mellema, the Ingham intermediate school district superintendent said it depends on the vaccination rate and feelings of those within the district.

“I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all approach. I think there’s going to be much more conversation,” Mellema said. “As superintendents, we enjoy rich conversation and discussion around these topics.”

Ingham County health officer Linda Vail said another reason they came to the decision is by the vaccine rate locally. The county reports that more than 78% of all eligible people have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

“We expect COVID to become endemic,” Vail said. “And we expect as it become endemic, we’ll have surges. Hopefully, sometimes, predictable ones.”

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