|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on July 10, 2021 at 9:15 PM|
Despite recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicates vaccinated children and teachers don't need to wear masks if they maintain adequate physical distance, California proposes to enforce masks for all students in the fall.
According to state health experts, the requirement will allow for full-time in-person schooling and that all kids, whether vaccinated or not, will be treated equally.
According to state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, not all schools can accommodate the three feet of social distancing recommended by the CDC. Masks should be worn if social separation is not possible, according to the CDC's latest guidance.
According to FOX 11 in Los Angeles, "Masking is a simple and effective intervention that does not interfere with offering full in-person instruction," "At the outset of the new year, students should be able to walk into school without worrying about whether they will feel different or singled out for being vaccinated or unvaccinated – treating all kids the same will support a calm and supportive school environment."
The vaccination is already available to children as young as 12 years old, and younger children may be eligible by the end of the year.
According to FOX 11, the CDC has urged schools against requiring immunizations for teachers and eligible youngsters.
According to the station, Elizabeth Stuart, a public health professor at Johns Hopkins University, stated, "It would be a very weird dynamic, socially, to have some kids wearing masks and some not," "What about keeping track of that? Teachers shouldn't have to keep track of which students should wear masks."
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "We applaud the CDC’s commitment to ensuring that schools are fully, safely opened for in-person instruction," "Given California’s science-based approach and the fact that the state’s school facilities can’t accommodate physical distancing, we will align with the CDC by implementing multiple layers of mitigation strategies, including continued masking and robust testing capacity."
According to FOX 11, schools have been demonstrated to have lower transmission centers than other locations.