Although there have been numerous experts and studies done showing that masks do little to stop COVID-19 from spreading, school districts around the country continue to force children to wear them for up to eight hours a day. And while parents fight against this agenda, apparently for Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO, Monica Goldson, she isn’t entertaining the idea of seeing a child without a mask until COVID-19 “no longer exists”.
According to a recent interview, Goldson noted she wasn’t “thinking about a maskless classroom. The only classroom I’ve been thinking about is one where teaching and learning takes place from the time the kids walk in until the time they leave. The only off-ramp I want is the one where COVID no longer exists. I don’t think that that off-ramp will exist. I think this is how our life will be … and we’re showing that we’re adaptable and we can make whatever necessary changes so that we can keep our students learning and safe.”
Having been on all-virtual learning for some time, January 18th was the first day the district allowed its 110,000 students to reenter the classroom. Goldson admitted parents were being asked to upload a weekly COVID-19 test from their children until February. “Today was the first day where students and parents were back in schools after utilizing [tests]. We had over 85,000 tests uploaded into our database and just a few students who tested positive. So as far as I’m concerned, that’s positive, because I never want those sick kids around other students and continue to infect them.”
Adding to Goldson’ stance, the county executive, Angela Alsobrooks, said masks in the classroom were of the utmost importance. “The masks have been our best way of keeping all of us safe, and until and unless we hear otherwise from our health professionals, we’re going to continue to stay the course. We’ll see what the science says, and we’ll follow it, and if the science says at some point it is safe for us to remove the mask we’ll do that, but otherwise, we’re in no hurry to do anything that jeopardizes the health of our students.”
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on January 28, 2022. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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