The Great School Mask Schism Of 2021

August 11, 2021
TAMPA, FL - JULY 27: Families protest any potential mask mandates before the Hillsborough County Schools Board meeting held at the district office on July 27, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Centers for Disease Control a... TAMPA, FL - JULY 27: Families protest any potential mask mandates before the Hillsborough County Schools Board meeting held at the district office on July 27, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended those who are vaccinated should wear masks indoors including students returning to school. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 11, 2021

Multiple local county school boards and superintendents have been pushing back against state-level Republican bans on school mask requirements as students prepare to return to their classrooms in the fall.

Meanwhile, Republicans’ war on masks has led to a pressure cooker situation where school board meetings looking at mask policies have been disrupted by furious anti-mask protesters who shout down board members and health officials in attendance.

The bubbling tension serves as an illustration of the depth of the U.S.’s vaccine divide — a place where public health best-practice meets outrage over personal freedom, as the Delta variant rips through under-vaccinated communities and the half-vaccinated country heads into what could be a deadly fall.

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Multiple local county school boards and superintendents have been pushing back against state-level Republican bans on school mask requirements as students prepare to return to their classrooms in the fall.

Meanwhile, Republicans’ war on masks has led to a pressure cooker situation where school board meetings looking at mask policies have been disrupted by furious anti-mask protesters who shout down board members and health officials in attendance.

The bubbling tension serves as an illustration of the depth of the U.S.’s vaccine divide — a place where public health best-practice meets outrage over personal freedom, as the Delta variant rips through under-vaccinated communities and the half-vaccinated country heads into what could be a deadly fall.

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  1. As well they should, but they are dealing with the anti-educated.

  2. Avatar for grack grack says:

    This is another salvo in the GOP war on public education.

  3. I am willing to be these folks never before gave a millisecond of thought to oxygen consumption of the people who regularly wear masks as a part of their jobs (medical workers, etc.)

  4. Going on in Duval county right now. The school Board decided on a mask ban despite DeSantis’s prohibition but with an “opt out” that parents can take. I’ve spoken to a few school folks and they say opt out is at about 4%. DeSantis can’t really do anything about the defiance at this point.

  5. Mask mandate bans are insanity.

    I have two teenagers returning to in-person instruction (and riding public transportation to school), and they will be wearing N95s the whole day. I can’t imagine living in a part of the country where they would be legally required to spend six or seven hours indoors with unvaccinated people.

    It is dystopian, as if the GOP are COVID farmers intent on developing new, higher-yield strains of virus.

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