As a school teacher, I appreciate Governor Herbert’s concern for safety embodied in his mandate for masks in school. In spite of all of the controversy, masks have ben shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it is impractical, educationally unsound, and not healthy to have students wear masks all day long. Social distancing is the first line of defense, with masks being a temporary fix for limited periods of time when social distancing is not possible. The best plan I have seen is to have students come on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, cutting class sizes in half to facilitate social distancing. Then they can be taught to put their masks on for those (hopefully limited) situations when they have to come in close contact with others. That is much more doable than asking young kids to wear masks all day. Of course, if conditions worsen and we go back to Orange, then we should do all schooling online.

Karl Powell

Farr West

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