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K-12 students respond to mask mandate for fall

"I hope that everybody's safe. And I wish that there was no masks, but if it involves keeping people safe, I mean you got to do what you got to do," Styles said.

Posted: Aug 1, 2021 8:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Governor Kate Brown said she's imposing the mask mandates for students grades K-12 this fall to protect those who are still ineligible for the vaccine.

KEZI 9 News spoke with several students who fall in that age range to see what they think of the change.

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Josh Adkins goes to South Eugene High School. He said he would prefer not to have the mask mandate, but if the alternative is remote learning, he's fine with it.

"I don't really care to wear masks, but I'll do it if I have to. I don't know. It's not the end of the world," Adkins said.

Noah Steeves goes to Sheldon High School. 

"It's fine. I mean I'm not necessarily the biggest fans of masks but I mean it keeps me safe and keeps other people safe, so I'm all for it," Steeves said.

Those feelings were similar for Liam Styles, a student at Edison Elementary school.

"I hope that everybody's safe. And I wish that there was no masks, but if it involves keeping people safe, I mean you got to do what you got to do," Styles said. 

Governor Brown has said she does not plan to make a statewide mask mandate.

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