School mask guidelines
There have been major changes to the CDC regarding masks. The agency has said vaccinated people do not need to disguise themselves, but students and teachers in schools should still do so. Jordan Bowen, of FOX 13, discusses the plan for local school districts.
TAMPA, Fla. – In recent days, there have been significant changes to CDC guidelines regarding masks. Now the agency says vaccines don’t need to be masked, but students and teachers in schools should still do so.
For now, Hillsborough County schools require students and staff to continue masking, but that could change. They plan to discuss CDC guidelines at Tuesday’s meeting, where they will also decide on their masks policy for the next school year. As we have found, not all students and parents in the bay area have school mask requirements.
The debate over whether students should dress up is developing throughout the bay area, with most districts just days away from the end of the school year.
“Forcing children to go eight hours a day with a mask that no other adult should wear because they have the ability to get up, grab, and break the mask,” said Ryan Bray, father of the Manatee County School District. “Kids don’t have that option.”
On Thursday, the CDC issued new guidelines on the use of masks saying vaccinated people can stop wearing masks outdoors, in crowds, and in most environments. However, on Saturday, the CDC clarified its orientation on masks for schools, saying students and staff should continue to wear masks and social distancing.
“Our school orientation to complete this school year will not change and we will work on school guidance for the fall. We are now actively working on this and we are actively working with the community to do so as well,” Centers said. Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky.
After the CDC on Thursday released new guidelines on masks for vaccinated people, Hillsborough County schools sent a letter to parents saying the same rules were in place, but that changes could come soon.
Meanwhile, some students and parents in Manatee County plan to protest the rules of the mask by having their child go to school without a mask. Bray believes it should not be up to the district to set mask rules.
“Leave the mandate of the mask. It’s not your responsibility to take care of our children’s health. It’s the parents’ responsibility to take care of our children’s health,” Bray said.