(DailyVantage.com) – For over two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a constant. Federal, state and local governments have enacted a series of mandates during this time, but with many rolling them back or removing the restrictions altogether, people seem hopeful the nightmare’s end is in sight. However, children and staff of one area’s school district will still have to don face coverings.
On Tuesday, March 8, officials in Washington, DC, lifted the mask mandate requirement for childcare facilities and schools, as long as the transmission levels remain low. However, the DC Public School system has said it will keep the directive in place, pending a discussion with the Washington Teachers’ Union and other educator groups.
We appreciate @_DCHealth's partnership and are reviewing their most recent guidance issued for schools. For the immediate future, masks are still required indoors at all DC Public Schools for students, staff, and visitors. pic.twitter.com/WpfM2xgTvu
— Chancellor Ferebee (@DCPSChancellor) March 8, 2022
While officials left the choice up to education leaders, it’s been a long two years for those in schools. The CDC has adjusted its guidance and facts on the face coverings several times before finally admitting cloth masks don’t help as much as N95 and KN95 masks to curb the spread of COVID-19. If that’s the case, and the locale has already approved lifting the restrictions, one must question: What’s the benefit to mandating the coverings in school still?
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