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California to Make Masks Mandatory in Schools Despite CDC Guidance

(The Post Millenial) – Health officials in California announced on Friday said they’re still requiring masks for everyone in schools, contradicting the newest CDC guidance saying vaccinated attendees are exempt.

As reported by the Associated Press, the CDC loosened their COVID guidelines for schools on Friday. They said that anyone who either works or attends in-person learning this autumn doesn’t need to wear a mask if they’re vaccinated.

It leaves open a potential divide, according to some experts. The agency is not mandating vaccines for teachers or students, nor detailing how school staff can query students regarding their vaccination status.

When it comes to how that’s addressed ?—California is taking the all-or-nothing approach. When everyone comes back to school this fall, masks will be mandatory for everyone.

According to ABC7, the state’s Health and Human Services Secretary put an optimistic spin when announcing the policy. He highlighted that at least educators have a solid in-person learning strategy in place now.

Dr. Mark Ghaly defended the approach as meaning equal treatment for everybody.

“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.” Read Full Article >

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