Pediatricians say all children should wear masks to school when returning for fall 2021, even if they are vaccinated.
The American Academy of Pediatrics calls the new direction a layered approach. Pediatricians nationwide recommend that all people over 2 years old wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status.
“We need to make it a priority for kids to get back to school alongside their friends and teachers – and we all play a role in making sure it’s safe,” said Sonja O’Leary, MD. , FAAP, President of the AAP Council on School Health. . “The pandemic has taken its toll on children, and it is not only their education that has suffered, but their mental, emotional and physical health. The combination of protective layers that include vaccinations, masking and clean hand hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone.
The announcement raises questions about whether this will be the norm for local schools. This is our last question Ask A COVID: Will Alabama students have to wear face masks when they return to school even if they are vaccinated?
FOX10 News anchor Lenise Ligon contacted the office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and received the following response.
Governor Ivey believes students should be in the classroom without any type of mandatory mask. She continues to encourage all eligible Alabamians to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to make COVID-19 a distant memory. “
Baldwin County Public Schools have said they will not require masks at this time … adding that the school system is ready to act if necessary as it continues to monitor COVID in the community.
Importantly, the AAP’s recommendation goes beyond guidance from the CDC which said masks would not be necessary for vaccinated students.
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