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Masks or Mania: Political Will Is Required to Protect Children From COVID-19

The Biden administration took a much-needed step toward protecting the health and wellness of America’s schoolchildren and educators last month by directing U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona last month to take all necessary legal steps to ensure that governors are facilitating a safe return to in-person learning. With the school year underway, this is the right move at a critical moment.

Despite the virulent delta variant attacking our nation’s young people, some U.S. governors are relying on science fiction versus actual science while risking the lives of children and adults who are unable to be vaccinated. Thankfully, local leaders have aggressively worked to take head to CDC guidance for protecting students—only to be undermined by their state leaders. In more extreme cases, some are going as far as giving more resources to districts that refuse to mandate masks—incentivizing schools to not practice evidence-based strategies for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The above excerpt was originally published in InsideSources. Please click here to view the full op-ed.