Students and staff will have to wear face masks when school opens on August 23, regardless of whether or not they have natural immunity to Covid or have been vaccinated or not. That was the recommendation of the Superintendent, which was agreed to by a majority of the board in a virtual meeting Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
The action comes after the board had previously decided to allow parents to make the decision about whether their child would wear masks.
The decision was supported by Jim Madson, Director of Public Health in Beaufort County.
The motion did not include any mention of how principals would handle cases in which students/parents refused to wear masks. There appears to be a significant number of parents who are strongly opposed to their children being forced to wear masks
There was little scientific information presented to justify the change in position and no attention was paid to the growing body of research that challenges the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of Covid (or any kind of viral infection).
There was some discussion about how many cases would release the imposition of the mandate. Four was the number mentioned most frequently. But it was not clear if that was on a school by school basis or for the entire school system. Obviously as the number of cases decline there will be some schools with zero active cases and others with more than four. The board did decide to review its policy every month and make adjustments as needed.
For those interested, you can review a recent article we published that reviewed the then current research on the effectiveness of masks. Click here to review that article
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