While Governor Kathy Hochul has revoked the mandate for corporate indoor masks, New York students are still required to wear protective masks.
It is time to end this mandate, as new cases of COVID and hospitalizations are declining to pre-Delta levels.
Many educators in the state have expressed their views on the end of the mask’s term.
Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Private School told students and the institution last week that wearing a mask would be optional before city and state health officials met with school management and that the term would be restored. .
Last month, the Brooklyn diocesan educational leadership issued a letter to Catholic academies and parish schools and parents reacting to a ruling in a lawsuit in Nassau County, stating that the state-mandated mandate for students and staff to wear masks schools is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.
This decision is being challenged at the level of the appellate court and a suspension has been issued pending their decision.
The letter from the diocesan superintendent’s office read:
“Our hot hope for Catholic academies and parish schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn is that the mandate of the mask be removed, which would allow our schools to make it optional to wear masks depending on local circumstances.
“If the appellate courts annul the warrant, our schools and academies will be able to make optional masks IMMEDIATELY. However, until a final decision is made by the courts of appeal, our Catholic academies and parish schools must abide by the state mask mandate. ”
There are two important points to make regarding the disguise of our youngest parishioners.
First, statistically speaking, school-age children suffered less from COVID. Parents can choose to vaccinate their children (if they meet the age requirements), and at this point, parents should be the decision makers when it comes to whether their children wear masks.
Second, many psychologists and psychiatrists see many more adolescent and adolescent patients with mental health problems, and hospitals see more children in need of mental health care – not treatment for COVID.
You recently witnessed a scene in Las Vegas where elementary school children screamed and jumped for joy when they discovered that they would no longer be required to wear masks in the classroom.
The long-term effects on children will not be known soon.
Although it is difficult to make a definitive connection, during the pandemic, there was a sea increase in emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts among teenagers – an increase of 31% in 2020 compared to the previous year.
In February and March 2021, visits for suspected suicide attempts for girls between the ages of 12 and 17 increased by 51% compared to the same pre-pandemic period.
As our youngest students take their traditional winter break, politicians in Albany and City Hall need to let their children get back to normal in our schools when they return from a break.
Better yet, Governor Hochul should lift his term now.