Members of the New Hampshire Communities request for our School Systems to implement a "mask optional" policy. The choice to mask children is a personal medical decision that should be made by parents, not school administrators. This optional masking allows those who wish to mask their children the freedom to do so and permits those that desire for their children to attend without masks to do the same. We do not wish to develop a “no mask” policy and support parents who choose to mask their children for any reason. We are asking New Hampshire Schools to embrace their primary role of educating students and providing parents with data driven suggestions and best practices to keep kids safe while at school.
With the availability of Covid-19 vaccines to all teachers and staff, children 5 and over and with the proven low transmission rate from children, a "mask optional" policy is safe. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously reported the statistical insignificance of masking on the spread of COVID." There are currently no state wide mask mandates in place that we must follow. Therefore, it should be up to parents to make educated, medical decisions for their children.
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