Should Kids Have to Wear Masks in Schools? Here's Why This Preschool Teacher Dad Says No (What Do You Think?) by Mike Prochaska
As a preschool teacher and as a dad, I'm hoping that in the fall, our kids won’t have to wear masks to school. I think that if parents get vaccinated, children under the age of 12 shouldn’t have to wear masks to school. Is it really fair to tell adults they don’t have to wear masks, but then make children wear them all day at school or daycare? In my opinion, no.
The COVID-19 school guidelines passed down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all across the nation are unnecessarily harming our kids by spreading more fear and confusion, in my opinion. Our kids have been traumatized as much as adults, if not more, by the pandemic. It time to make sure the next school year is as normal as we can make it.
Many school districts and local health departments are basing their face mask policies on this CDC guidance. But the CDC has flip-flopped on its position several times since March of 2020, leaving many confused. Now the CDC is recommending that children wear masks all day long in schools, despite the fact that these practices are not evidence-based and there's no long-term safety data on such practices. The small amount of children who contract COVID, only 0.00 percent to 0.19 percent of children are dying from it. Ten states have reported no child deaths. Children are at extremely low risk of harm from COVID with a 99.99 percent recovery rate.
For kids, there’s nothing more important than facial expressions, and I missed seeing their little faces at work. I am hoping that kids under 12 get exempt from mask mandate at school so school can go back to normal for them. I want to urge parents to let their voices be heard and ask administrators, governors and state representatives to to do their part to ensure that our schools are returned to normal for the 2021-22 school year.
In the past, we have trusted parents to make responsible choices for their children – choices like keeping kids home when they're sick. The presence of a virus that barely affects children is no reason to remove parents' choice now that most the teachers have been vaccinated. It's time to make sure the next school year is normal for all our kids.
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