Parents split on K-12 student mask mandate for fall

"It's an extra safety measure to protect people and it won't be forever. It might help us get through this hopefully next to last step of this pandemic," Ann said.

Posted: Jul 31, 2021 7:04 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2021 7:08 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- Many parents are divided on Govenor Kate Brown's decision to require masks in K-12 schools this fall, aligning with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's newest recommendations.

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Anna Lidbeck is one of many parents who are upset with the mandate. She believes it's not fair for all districts get the same treatment.

"It's not a one-size-fits-all. There's a lot of really small school districts out here that have maybe 600 kids in the entire district. They shouldn't be made to follow the exact same rules as a district with maybe thousands of kids in it. It just doesn't make sense," Lidbeck said.

She said she will be protesting against the mask mandate for their kids, and she's not the only one. She said several of her peers are involved as well. According to Lidbeck, they've already let their school board know.  

"My children have been told that they are not wearing masks. They are going to school without them and we will deal with the consequences," Lidbeck said.

However, other parents believe a mask mandate is the best case scenario at this point in the pandemic. Sarah Ann, who is high risk for the coronavirus said she's thankful students can return to in-person learning, even if that means things look different.

"It's an extra safety measure to protect people and it won't be forever. It might help us get through this hopefully next to last step of this pandemic," Ann said.

Parents on Facebook were just as divided over the mandate.

"I predict a lot of unenrollment from public schools. just my thoughts," Jessica Webber said.

While another woman says she's onboard with the mandate.

"I appreciate the science-based effort to protect my children's lives while in school," Autumn Mist said.

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