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EVANSVILLE, Ind.–The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is trying to figure out if kids in their school system should wear masks when they return to school in the fall.

The school board has not made a decision yet on their coronavirus safety plan. On Monday, they told parents and other attendees at a school board meeting that they were still waiting to see how coronavirus infections looked in Vanderburgh County in the coming days before making a final decision. That did not sit well with some parents.

“It is not fair for you to keep pushing this off,” one woman shouted. “We want to know what the EVSC is going to do about the masks and the vaccines.”

Another woman in the crowd agreed.

“We need a done deal here. I need to decide if I’m going to put my children in the EVSC or not,” she said.

During the meeting, EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith explained that school leaders are waiting roughly 10 to 14 days after the July 4th holiday over concerns of new COVID-19 cases.

EVSC’s new academic year is supposed to begin the second week of August.

Superintendent of Evansville Catholic Schools Dr. Daryl Hagan said Catholic schools will open on-time again for 2021-2022 and have in-person instruction five days a week. Vaccinations will not be mandated. Masks will be optional.