A handful of parents attended the Iroquois West school board meeting Monday night and the biggest question from them was about students being required to wear masks for the coming school year.

While the Center for Disease Control recommends masking, local school administrators can determine their own policies and are not required to contact departments of public health and there is no state mandate.

At one point during the meeting, the board was asked to take a vote to make mask wearing optional, a choice to be made by parents. One parent said her son was going to school in Thawville and had concerns about masks and the effects it has on the interaction among students, adding that students feel better as a whole with no mask.

Another parent said she would like a waiver as to what kids have to do and that there was no way to prevent where COVID comes from.

Another mother said she opposed masks: “They smother them (students) for eight hours a day and masks don’t protect.” Board member Clint Perzee would later say that DNA testing can determine if one child got COVID from another and while the results don’t have to be divulged they could be stated in a court action.

Superintendent Angelo Lekkas recapped some of the precautions which will be taken once school starts:

•The use of masks will be determined based on the situation at the start of classes.

•Spacing in classes will be three feet. If deemed necessary spacing will be six feet.

•IW will still be fogging (decontaminating) class rooms and busses.

•Masks will be mandatory on busses.