Government Charlie Baker is holding her mother accountable over the mask policy in Massachusetts schools following updated guidance from the CDC and calls from local teachers and medical experts who are all trying to get face masks on school.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that all students and staff should wear a mask at the school in the face of the highly contagious Delta variant.
However, Massachusetts policy currently states that all masking and social distance at school will be lifted.
When asked on Wednesday about the policy on masking schools and whether face masks are needed, Baker simply said, “Consider.”
A coalition of more than 200 experts at the Bay State Medical and Public Health Institute sent letters to Baker and Jeff Riley, commissioner of primary and secondary education, in which he insisted on universal masking in schools.
One of the letters, led by Dr. Natalya Davis, a pediatrician in Quincy, reads: ‘The cessation of masking in schools at this stage shows deliberate disregard for expert opinions on medical and public health in direct contradiction of both the’ American Academy or Pediatrics and CDC current recommendations. ”
In a second letter, signed by dozens of doctors and written by dr. Regina LaRocque, an infectious disease physician and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, says: ‘Young children have no protection against diseases, and vaccination rates among adolescents are insufficient to prevent outbreaks. in school communities. ”
Last week, Senator Becca Rausch, D-Needham, also sent a letter asking the Republican governor to impose a mask mandate on schools with vaccinations that are unlikely to be approved by children before the fall.
“The longer he waits and delays implementation … it creates room for further politicization of basic public health and safety protection,” Rausch told the Herald.
Senate President Karen Spilka said earlier this week that she tends to support a masked mandate in schools this fall if “the numbers keep creeping up and the Delta variant is still as prominent or more prominent as it is now.”
The Massachusetts Teachers Association also signed on to the CDC mask recommendation.
MTA President Merrie Najimy said in a statement: “The safest way to learn personally and to keep students, educators and communities healthy and safe is to have all students and staff wear face masks regardless of vaccination status.”
However, not all educators jump on the CDC policy.
Thomas Carroll, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, said mask policy would be left to individual schools. According to Carroll, there will be no mask mandate for vaccinated students and staff.