As The Delta Variety Causes Illness In Youngsters, Many Schools Are Requiring Masks

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 23, 2021

As the delta version of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder recovery efforts in the United States, more school districts are requiring students and employees to wear masks when returning to traditional classrooms. Using emergency powers, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced a mask mandate for schools on Friday, pledging to save the state’s largest city “from going down the unfortunate and hazardous route that many others have already traveled.” The Democrat Mendenhall is.

As The Delta Variety Causes Illness In Youngsters, Many Schools Are Requiring Masks

Parental and conservative community leaders have voiced opposition to the endeavor to safeguard children through mandatory universal masking, and they have expressed opposition to mandatory immunizations. In response to the city council’s decision to reverse a county-issued school mask order for children under the age of 12, Mendenhall said she received feedback from council members who were concerned about the consequences of the decision.

As The Delta Variety Causes Illness In Youngsters, Many Schools Are Requiring Masks

In spite of the overwhelming evidence that masks protect children and the adults who care for them, this topic has become so political that elected officials around the country.  Including those in the state of Utah, are concerned about retaliation if they take a stand as a group on the subject.

A number of governors, most of whom are Republicans, have enacted anti-mask mandate bans, which prevent school officials from ordering students to wear masks. Students and teachers at schools in places such as Texas, Florida, and others are resisting the instructions. The State Board of Education has cautioned school districts in Florida counties that have mandated masks, such as Broward and Miami-Dade, that they must reverse their decisions within 48 hours or face repercussions from the state. Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to withhold pay from administrators who refuse to comply with the order he issued.

According to NBC News, the United States Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is asking administrators to stay put and promising them that federal COVID relief funds can be used to make up for any missed wages as a result of the mask regulations. With the start of the new school year this autumn, the delta variety will account for around 90% of all new infections among children. In school districts around the country, thousands of children and employees are being quarantined after being exposed to COVID-19, just as the school year begins. According to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday, Americans are expressing the highest level of fear over the spread of the coronavirus since the winter.

A recent survey revealed that nearly one in ten people (41 percent) are “very” or “very” concerned about the possibility of contracting the virus or passing it on to a family member or friend. It appears that the amount of fear is roughly the same as it was in January before vaccines were readily available when 43 percent of respondents reacted in the same fashion. During the month of June, only 21% of those polled expressed great or extreme concern.

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Additionally, according to the study, the majority of Americans support vaccination requirements for public events such as concerts, sporting events, and movies, with 56 percent in favor, restaurants, and bars with 51 percent in favor, and airplane travel with 57 percent in favor. According to ABC News, more than 200 students at the University of Virginia were kicked out of school because they did not acquire COVID-19 immunizations by the deadline set under the university’s vaccination policy. Two hundred and forty-eight students failed to comply with the new vaccination requirement by the deadline of July 1.

The regulation has been reinforced numerous times since then, and students have been reminded of the requirement to either be vaccinated or to request a medical or religious exemption on multiple occasions. According to Brian Coy, a university spokeswoman, “students who did not comply with the requirements after the deadline got repeated notifications, including emails, text messages, phone calls, and in some cases phone calls to their parents.” To comply, students will have until August 25 to do so, after which they will be unable to return for the autumn semester.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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