Letter to the editor: LWV favors masks in schools

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County strongly supports a requirement that all persons appearing on school premises be required to wear masks for the coming year.
The League of Women Voters positions state:
· that a high priority should be placed on preventive care, primary care and emergency care;
· that all children must be educated, and it is our responsibility as a society to ensure that children are educated in a safe environment; and
· that the education of a young child is a shared responsibility.
For the last 18 months, COVID 19 has restricted in-school attendance for children, and we believe we must get them back to school as soon as possible. Since children under the age of 12 years are not presently eligible for vaccinations and they are more susceptible to the COVID 19 Delta variant, masking is a prudent and compassionate way to minimize their risk. In addition, we strongly support the recommendation that students 12+ wear masks when indoors at school.
Health officials have been educated to look at the statistics and probabilities and have come to a logical conclusion. Let’s rely on their expertise and stop the divisive behavior that is confusing to our children. This is a time when adults need to act as one caring and cooperative community and support practical, common-sense decisions. For more information on League Positions go to lwvjeffco.org; select the About Us tab and then select Where We Stand to find our position statements at the National, State and Local levels.
Christina Manthey,
President of the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County


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