By: Diane Benjamin
Okay, they claimed the CDC isn’t requiring them, but the truth is school buses didn’t fall under federal law. The Edgar County Watchdogs reported that February 11th: https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2022/02/stop-the-misinformation-there-is-no-federal-law-mandating-masks-on-school-buses/?fbclid=IwAR0ci4fILd0ZXXwYn8UyEDy70KqtkHXGODPg-PF9xT7JawyliONo7oqtqfs
Unit 5 sent the below to parents:
We wanted to update parents on state and federal changes regarding COVID mitigation that transpired over the weekend
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provided updated guidance that eases guidelines for universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 schools and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level.
As part of that guidance, the CDC no longer requires masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, school buses.
Governor Pritzker also announced that in light of the revised CDC guidelines, the Illinois school mask mandate will be lifted effective Monday, Feb. 28.
Unit 5 had already moved to a mask recommended practice in its schools, based on recent court rulings. As a result of these new updates, the biggest impact for Unit 5 is that masks will no longer be required by students when riding a bus or van.
Unit 5 will continue to offer other COVID mitigation strategies, including voluntary weekly COVID screening for students and staff, providing masks, providing table/desk shields, teaching and reminding students of handwashing and respiratory etiquette, and advising individuals to stay home when sick.
We also want to reiterate that students and families should respect one another’s decision regarding masks. Harassment, bullying or aggressive behaviors are unacceptable. If a student or family feels there have been incidents of harassment, bullying, or aggression related to masks they should report it to their teacher and/or building principal. A concern resolution form is also available by contacting the school office.
As more updates become available from the Illinois Department of Public Health and/or the CDC, we will update our families.
Thank you for your continued support!
Is Unit 5 done bullying parents and students who knew their rights were violated?
If your kids teachers discriminate against them in any way for not wearing a mask, please let me know!
Even Bloom School in Normal has gone mask option, this was included in their announcement email:
We anticipate that these rapid changes may prompt anxiety for some students. As our first question with any school policy change is about the impact for students, consultation with our teachers has been key to considering how to approach transitions. With your childrens’ teachers we have developed the following plans for Monday (Feb. 28) morning:
- We ask that all students start the day wearing masks upon school arrival.
- At the beginning of the day, each teacher will facilitate a developmentally appropriate class discussion regarding the changes to the mask policy.
- Following a natural transition in scheduled daily activities, students will have the option of removing their masks. Teachers will monitor students throughout the day and address anxieties, questions, and concerns that arise.
We know who caused the anxiety!
Free the children!