Today my kids go back to school. 10th grade for Norah and 7th grade for Donovan. I am so thankful that their school is requiring universal masking regardless of vaccination status. Not all students, however, are so lucky. Only 10 states currently require masks in schools, while eight states outright prohibit schools and school districts from mandating them. That means that 32 states leave this decision up to individuals school districts and parents.
This presents a major problem. Just look at these headlines from schools that are already back in session.
- Florida school district calls emergency meeting after 5,500+ students forced to quarantine over COVID-19 outbreak
- Virus outbreaks temporarily close 4 Texas school districts
- Second George County school closes due to COVID-19 outbreaks
- Ash Fork Schools Close Temporarily After COVID-19 Outbreak
"Last year, businesses were generally more understanding," he says. But as schools reopen, some employers are taking a less accommodating stance. His 15-year-old daughter is to start school Wednesday, provided she passes a Covid-19 test she has just been told to get, he says. [She tested negative; just a cold] When he called the doctor about her sore throat and runny nose that morning, the nurse told him they'd had dozens of vaccinated children test positive in the prior two weeks. "We'll see a lot of kids get sick. It's not if, but when," Mr. Hyman says.