To The Daily Sun,
Individual Freedom versus Public Safety? I choose public safety.
As a mother and as a school-based occupational therapist, I fully support universal masking in schools when indoors. I support in-person learning. The best way to ensure the continued success of in-person learning for our students is universal masking and vaccination. Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, students under the age of 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated.
Every county in the state is now at substantial transmission of the virus. Many school districts currently have optional or recommended masks. I trust our federal public health agencies. The CDC recommends universal indoor masking in schools for areas with substantial transmission. Federal law requires masks on buses already.
Why would we wait until something happens? One student or staff member who has complications from getting COVID-19 is too many. One student or staff member who dies from COVID-19 is too many. One student or staff member who carries the virus home to an immunocompromised family member is too many. Why wouldn’t education administrators want to do as much as possible to prevent any of these things happening? They could still happen even with universal masking, but the chances are substantially less.
Why should parents have to risk their children’s health and lives because schools won’t take a stand for public health?