Asked to explain the “devastating consequences,” Skandalakis said, “Most kids don’t learn well online, so they are missing out on the benefits of an in-class education. If they’re not learning, they will not have the academic skills and study skills to make it in college. They are also missing out on what should be the best of times for them regarding their social interaction and the development of their social skills.”
The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend universal masking, stating in its most recent guidance to schools:
Require consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks with proper filtration by all students, teachers, and staff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission through respiratory droplets.
Masks should be worn at all times, by all people in school facilities, with certain exceptions for certain people, or for certain settings or activities, such as while eating or drinking.
Masks should be required in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including hallways, school offices, restrooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc.
- CDC/Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention