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Halloween may be coming early this year. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement today recommending masks for any student above the age of two. Should your child’s school district heed the AAP’s advice, he or she will spend another school year falling behind socially and academically, yet still be at very low risk of contracting a serious illness.
Masks recommended inside schools for anyone over age of 2: American Academy of Pediatricshttps://t.co/NKqKNYLAAD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 19, 2021
The AAP’s statement recommends face coverings for all students and staff: “Everyone older than age 2 wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.”
Since many children are not eligible to receive vaccines and many parents do not want them to have it, the AAP is pushing the narrative that universal masking is necessary: “Because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated.”
The statement continued: “Many schools will not have a system to monitor vaccine status of students, teachers and staff, and some communities overall have low vaccination uptake where the virus may be circulating more prominently.”
In a rare showing of common sense, the AAP did push for all children to return to in-person learning:
The AAP strongly recommends in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year and urges all who are eligible to be vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. Read more here: https://t.co/58L7GpE1JK pic.twitter.com/0BnvqVFpbh
— American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) July 19, 2021
Sonja O’Leary, chair of the AAP Council on School Health, acknowledged that in-person learning is a priority: “We need to prioritize getting children back into schools alongside their friends and their teachers — and we all play a role in making sure it happens safely. The pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on children, and it’s not just their education that has suffered but their mental, emotional and physical health. ”
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