MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – A pediatric group is now advising all students to wear masks next school year, in part because of growing concerns about the Delta strain of the coronavirus.
The Mobile County Public School System says they are still working on their back-to-school plan.
Parents are anxiously awaiting what their students will have to do next school year.
“I think it should still be recommended everywhere,” says Quanteria James, a mother of four.
“Maybe I won’t even send them,” Rebecca said, refusing to give her last name. She says she is very much against that idea.
The start of the school year is just a few weeks away and many parents are wondering what school will look like as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
“I just want to do what’s best for the collective,” said Donna Seagle.
This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recommendation for masks to be worn in school this coming school year for all children two years and older and all staff, regardless of vaccination status.
“I think it’s a joke,” Rebecca said. “If they didn’t need it, I probably wouldn’t let him wear one. If they need it, I’m fine with it,” Seagle said.
The group says they believe the benefits of personalized education outweigh the risks in almost all circumstances. They say one of the reasons they recommend wearing masks is because a significant portion of the student population is ineligible for a vaccine.
“I agree. Because I think the COVID isn’t completely gone and with kids that are still so young, and they’re digging and picking up a lot of things,” James said.
“How are they going to build up their immune systems when they’re masked and all those injections,” Rebecca said.
Mobile County’s public schools announced in May that there would be no masks in schools this fall, and they haven’t announced any changes to that plan yet. But they say they are in contact with health officials.