Portage parents clash over mask policies

Portage school leaders refuse to budge on its lack of a mask mandate.

Parents lined the sidewalks outside Portage Central High School on Friday – some holding signs urging school leaders to institute a mask mandate to prevent the spread of COVID-19; others holding signs opposing it.

District leaders have announced they will not require students be masked in school, though they recommend it. That’s even as COVID-19 infection rates rise and many of the district’s students are too young to be vaccinated.

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PPS Superintendent Mark Bielang has said the district will only institute a mask mandate if county or state health officials require them to.

Parent Keith Brown told WWMT that he thought the district’s position was ridiculous.

“Now we have the Delta variant, unvaccinated people, and yet we’re going to make masks optional. I would like to know what’s the rationale for that,” he said.

On the opposite side, some parents argued against mask requirements in schools.

“I don’t want there to be a mandate because parents know what’s best for their kids,” Kimberly Larson told MLive.

[WWMT, MLive]

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