Tacoma에 있는 Geiger Montessori 초등학교의 교장 Neil O'Brien은 이번 주에 학부모에게 학교의 COVID-19 정책을 업데이트하는 이메일을 보냈습니다., Jason Rantz first reported on his radio show on KTTH in Seattle.
Rantz said that the email, which a concerned father shared with him, 말했다: “Children should wear masks during lunch. They can lower it to take a bite or a drink, and raise it to chew, swallow, or talk.”
The email further said that even though the cafeteria has “a fantastic airflow system” and students are socially distanced, “we need to treat lunchtime as a dangerous time for all.”
“Children need to continue to wear their masks during lunch,” Rantz quoted the email as saying.
하나, the COVID-19 policy found on the Tacoma Public Schools’ website states that students, staff and visitors “must wear masks indoors, except when eating.”
Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) told Fox News in a statement that the Geiger policy was based on an interpretation of health department guidance but went “...을 넘어서” their intent.
“The standard originally set at Geiger was established in good faith as an interpretation of health department guidance to wear masks when ‘actively eating,'” 성명은 말했다. “In checking with the health department, that standard goes beyond their intent. We won’t discipline any students for not wearing their masks between bites.”
No other schools in the district were asking students to wear masks while eating, TPS told Fox News.
With the delta variant spreading rapidly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have advised ahead of the school year that everyone in schools wear masks in communities with substantial or high transmission.
Washington state was among multiple other states, including California, 루이지애나, 뉴저지, and Oregon, intending to require all students and teachers to mask up regardless of vaccination status.
At the other end of the spectrum, Arkansas, 애리조나, 플로리다, 아이오와, 오클라호마, 사우스 캐롤라이나, Texas and Utah have banned mask requirements in public schools.
From the beginning of the pandemic to the peak of infections in January, CDC data showed children 15 and under had the lowest infection rates. As of August, school-age children had infection rates higher than adults 50 이상.
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