Will North Carolina follow CDC recommendations on masks in schools?
The CDC always calls on those who are not vaccinated to mask themselves.
A spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the state is evaluating the recommendation, but there are still many North Carolinians who are not vaccinated, including children.
Meanwhile, the state’s largest public school system, Wake County, said it had yet to consider the CDC’s new recommendation – the district said it was following Carolina law of the North, which requires masks in schools.
Melanie Lewis, a mother from Raleigh, said she was fine with kids not wearing masks, but when it comes to teachers, “I’m a little weird with this just because we know how to teach, you have to be practical, and in the faces of the kids, ”Lewis said.“ You have to do it because you want to be sure you’re at their level. So with that, it’s kinda weird for me. “
Brian Groesser has children attending Wake County Public School System schools. He maintains that no one wears masks in schools. He believes the cases of COVID-19 in children are low enough.
“With this data in mind, is it important enough to require a mask warrant for everyone in school and I just don’t see it with this data,” Groesser said. ” I do not do it. “
Groesser thinks it’s time for the CDC to issue guidelines for masks in schools.
“It’s kind of like the last frontier, I guess you could say, when it comes to COVID and public places,” Groesser said. “I guess the planes would probably be the other but the schools and what do you do with the people who are vaccinated, and why should they always wear a mask?”
Cumberland County teacher Kimberly O’Callaghan is concerned about the recommendation, which would leave it to local authorities to determine how a school will know who is vaccinated and who is not vaccinated.
“It really depends on the honor system,” O’Callaghan said. “We are convinced that the people who say they are vaccinated are really vaccinated, so I guess if you don’t wear a mask you are fully vaccinated. It remains to be seen whether this is true or not.”
Kristin Beller, president of the Wake North Carolina Association of Educators, said they are currently waiting to see what NCDHHS recommends.
“We’re waiting to see what the NCDHHS recommends, or how they change their directions to help local districts better move forward in a more transparent way, I guess,” Beller said. “One that centers our students and the staff who work with them.”
Mary Scott, spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper’s office, sent the following statement: “The governor and state health officials continue to follow science, state trends and expert advice. , including the CDC, to respond to the pandemic and they are reviewing these latest guidelines. . “
NCDHHS sent a statement saying in part: “We must prioritize the protection of children who have not yet had a chance to be vaccinated or who are not yet eligible due to their age under 12 years. People who have not yet received their vaccine need to continue to wear a mask and keep their distance from other people to slow the spread of the virus and variants, until they can do so. The CDC continues to recommend that those who are not vaccinated wear a mask indoors, which includes the vast majority of students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The three COVID-19 vaccines we have in Carolina North are tested, safe and effective to protect against serious illness, hospitalization and death. “
Durham Public Schools said their offices were closed on Friday due to summer hours and the recommendation had not been discussed.
A spokesperson for Johnston County Public Schools said their offices were also closed on Friday and awaiting updated guidance based on the CDC’s update.
The spokesperson said they were following the guidelines outlined in the Strong Schools NC public health toolkit.
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