S.D. American Academy of Pediatrics sends letter to school boards asking for mask mandates | Education

The RCAS school board has spoken out against the mask mandates, advocating instead that families choose what is best for their children’s health.

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The letter commends school boards for keeping schools open last year and says the co-signers fully support decisions to open schools in person this year, but recognize that there is significant risk to students, staff and the wider community if adequate mitigation strategies are in place. are not performed. The letter specifically cited wearing a universal mask as the most effective strategy.

Simon gave concrete evidence to the RCAS board on the effectiveness of masks on Monday, telling them that of the 1,246 students infected with COVID last school year, none of those cases came from people wearing masks.

“The universal use of masks is safe, cheap and a simple strategy to prevent the spread of Covid within the walls of schools,” the letter said. “Masks alone were likely responsible for the extremely low secondary transmission rates of COVID-19 in schools across the country, despite the high rate of community transmission of COVID-19. If other mitigation strategies are not used, masks alone can potentially keep our schools operational as we embark on the next wave of COVID-19 in our region.

The letter outlines six realities that schools must take into account this academic year:

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