Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Do you think that schools should mandate that all students and staff must wear masks?” Of the 378 people who responded, 86% said “Yes, in all cases.” About 11% said that decision should be left to the school boards and parents of each school district. Only 7 people (less than 2%) said “No in all cases.” Seventy-eight people submitted written comments. A few follow.
I think all schools should require vaccination for children old enough and for all staff and faculty. But since children under 12 can’t be vaccinated yet, then mandatory masking is also appropriate.
Until the virus has subsided we need to utilize all available methods to reduce transmission, especially as it relates to the delta variant.
It is a shame that this has turned into a partisan political battle. Public health is inherently political, but it doesn’t have to be partisan.
At this time, yes And the decisions should be on a wide area basis, e.g., county, and not per school board.
If they mandate other vaccinations, this should also be mandatory for everyone’s safety. I feel that we have a responsibility to keep our whole country as healthy as possible. The pandemic should never have been a political issue. It is a public health issue.
I do think there will be kids who should be exempt from wearing masks and it should be on a case-by-case basis.
It’s an easy thing to do to help try to control COVID.
It’s much better to err on the side of safety than to regret infecting someone else by ignorance.
Our liberties should be preserved in America and our freedom of individual choice for the health of our bodies protected. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick