According to new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone in schools should wear a face mask, even if they have received all of their vaccinations. Public health experts are also pushing companies and municipal governments to impose mask and vaccination restrictions as a matter of course.
In the weeks leading up to the start of school in many parts of the United States, health authorities and educators at all levels are worried about the possibility of COVID-19 infections spreading.
Rules And Regulations Create Confusion In School Reopenings
On Sunday, the country’s seven-day average of cases had increased to 110,360, an increase of 112 percent in just two weeks, while the weekly average of fatalities had increased to 516, a 92 percent increase in just 14 days, according to a database maintained by the New York Times.
As a result of a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said on Sunday that the nation has reached “a fork in the road” when it comes to reopening schools.
As part of his efforts to reach out to various state officials to reach an agreement on the best ways to safeguard and educate children, Cardona stated, “According to the statistics, we are putting students at danger in areas where those mitigation measures are not being implemented properly. That is something we cannot tolerate.
“The Delta variety has been linked to a recent worrisome surge of new infections in several areas, which were among the worst affected during the summer.
Meanwhile, when children return to school in the northern states, according to Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, cases increase. Gottlieb was cited on Sunday by the financial news website Business Insider as stating that.
In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said that the highest number of children in the whole epidemic is now in the hospital, with 1,450 children from COVID-19 being admitted.
As schools in the United States reopen, masks are once again at the top of the policy agenda, but uncertainty abounds, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Students in California and Illinois will be required to wear masks when they return to school in a few weeks due to the smog. On the other hand, Florida and Arizona have outlawed the use of masks in schools, even though some, but not all, districts in those states continue to use them.
Mask requirements for teachers and students have been a divisive topic throughout the nation, especially in Texas and Florida, where governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis have expressed strong opposition to specific COVID-19 provisions.
Since taking office, DeSantis has been embroiled in a political battle with the White House, as well as with towns and municipalities across his home state, vowing to oppose any local mask requirements or lockdowns.
Despite an executive order from Governor DeSantis prohibiting such regulations in schools, several school districts in Florida have implemented masking requirements. The Florida Board of Education issued an order on Friday enabling parents to transfer their children to other schools if their children are exposed to harassment at school due to their decision not to wear a mask to class.
Local school officials in Georgia have the authority to make their own decisions regarding masking, and rules vary from one district to the next in this state. School authorities in Gwinnett County, located west of Atlanta, enforced a mask requirement eight days before the start of the new school year last month, a dramatic turnaround that took several parents off a surprise.