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Middlebury Community Schools drops mask mandate

Emma Atkinson/WTIU

In a Feb. 22 update to its COVID-19 FAQ, Middlebury Community Schools announced that the district is dropping its mask mandate effective Wednesday due to steady statewide declines in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Other changes in the school’s COVID policy include the elimination of contact tracing and the elimination of the need for students and staff to quarantine if exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if someone in their home tests positive for COVID-19.

Masks will still be required on all school buses, per the Federal guidelines.

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Kent Fulmer joined WVPE in August of 2020 to take on one of the station's most high profile roles as the local host of Morning Edition. Kent comes to WVPE with more than 20 years experience in radio in the Michiana area. During his career, Kent has had a variety of roles including DJ, reporter and newscaster, as well as several behind-the-scenes positions. Kent and his wife, Donna, are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary in 2020 and have lived in Elkhart County for almost 20 years. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. When not working, Kent is active as a musician, playing trumpet and flugelhorn. He has performed with a number of area bands. Currently he performs with the Phat Tuesday Dixieland Band and Jazz Assemblage, as well as his church's praise band. As a member of Jazz Assemblage, Kent has appeared at the Elkhart Jazz Festival several times. He also volunteers with Bugles Across America.