The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on September 10, 2021.
Our local school board has a history of proactive policies and measures put in place for the safety and security of students and employees. It grieves me that a public health and safety issue has become so controversial and political.
Masks reduce viral transmission. Wearing them is supported by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, infectious disease specialists and others.
Last year, when the threat of a Covid epidemic was recognized, CCPS established effective protocols including mandatory masks. The numbers clearly show the efficacy of those protocols. Last year there were 552 confirmed cases for the entire school year. There are already 897 reported cases for the first three weeks of this school year! The 2020 protocols supported a return to the classroom from virtual learning, which has a greater negative impact on learning and mental health than the wearing of a mask.
School Board action must look beyond the politics and provide a safe and secure environment for successful classroom learning to continue. The effective protocols used last year must be reinstated for the health and safety of our students and employees, which will also help the health of our entire community.