Cook County won’t require masks in schools, but supports districts that do

CHICAGO (WLS) – A new $2 million ventilation system is being installed at Union Ridge School in Harwood Heights. This is one of the COVID mitigation strategies that small Cook County School District is adopting for the upcoming school year. But Supt. Michael Maguire said the district has yet to make a decision on masks.

“We’re trying to figure out what’s best for our school and our community,” said Maguire. “We’re constantly looking at the indicators.”

The high price tag for a small school district is believed to be an important safety measure, while still trying to decide on a much cheaper version of making students wear masks.

To help make the decision, the Cook County Department of Public Health provided guidance to school districts on Friday:

-All unvaccinated people 2 years of age and older wear masks indoors trong
-Three legs of physics stay away whenever possible in the classroom
-Encourage all eligible students and staff to get vaccinated

“The bottom line is, with school guidance, if you don’t get vaccinated and you go to work or go to school, you have to,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, senior medical officer for the Cook County Health Department. wear the mask. Community health.

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However, CCDPH has stopped requiring masks for immunized students, Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and a request the Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday.

“For those schools that want to take that step further and support the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics for everyone to wear a mask, at this point, in schools, we will be advocating,” said Rubin. support that.

Most require masks for elementary school students who are under 12 years old and too young to be vaccinated. However, the Cook County Department of Public Health is urging a stronger stance.

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CDC and state allow each school district to make their own decisions, this is consistent. Maguire admitted to putting school officials in a difficult position.

“We have strong groups of parents who want to wear masks, and we have groups of parents who don’t want to put masks on their kids at all,” said Maguire. “We totally understand both sides of it, we’re a bit stuck in the middle.”

Maguire said Union Ridge does not begin until after Labor Day, which allows the district more time to make decisions. Currently, at a minimum, unvaccinated students and indoor staff must wear masks indoors

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