WESTWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone two years of age and older wear a mask to school when classes resume in the fall.
Local health experts agree and are extremely concerned about the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 as classes resume.
With school resuming in about a month for most students in the metro area, school districts have some time to revise COVID-19 policies, including wearing mask.
Like most of us, 6-year-old Hailey Ort doesn’t like wearing masks.
“It hurts my ears a bit,” she said.
Jennafer, her mother agrees.
“Personally, I don’t feel like people need to wear masks in schools,” she said.
Ort said she’s not worried for people who don’t have many risk factors but isn’t upset trying to keep an eye on others either. She will go with the flow.
“Just being able to interact with other kids and not necessarily have to wear a mask all the time, which I think would be great,” Ort said.
Hailey’s parents and 5-year-old brother contracted the virus last year and have since passed away.
“I’m the only one in my family who doesn’t have COVID,” Hailey said. “That’s great when I’ve tested my COVID but I still don’t get COVID.”
Mother of two, Chrystal Fuller is worried about the Delta variant.
“For my kids, I prefer them to wear masks,” says Fuller. “Everything helps and for them wearing a mask is no big deal. They’ve gotten used to it over the past year so until we clear this up, that’s what they’re going to do. “
Local health experts agree. In Johnson County’s COVID update Monday, the county’s health department said that over the past three months, half of all COVID-19 infections have been caused by outbreaks and that children are making up a much higher percentage than before. here. Most infections come from summer camps, sports groups and daycares.
Half of 5-17-year-olds attending school are not eligible for the vaccine, and in the 12-17-year-old eligible group, less than 40% are fully immunized.
Most major city school districts are adhering to their current face covering policies, but said they are regularly monitoring the guidance of local and state health officials.
The new recommendations will be the subject of discussion at the Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill School Board meetings on July 26.
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