Did you get your child over 12-years-old vaccinated because you wanted to do the right thing? The American thing? Your patriotic duty? Were you influenced by the fact that unvaccinated Americans were told they no longer pose a risk to others once they received their vaccination?
Guess what? It might have all been for nothing, because now, the NJEA wants to put face masks back on students this fall, whether or not they received their COVID-19 vaccination.
“This is a fast developing situation, obviously. But if the CDC guidance says that masking in schools will keep students and staff safer, then schools should follow that guidance,” said Steven Baker, spokesperson for the NJEA, the state’s largest teacher’s union in a story published by NJ.com.
“As we prepare to return to school buildings in just a few weeks, we look forward to further clarification from the Murphy administration, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the New Jersey Department of Education,” Baker said. “We also continue to urge everyone who is eligible and able to get vaccinated, which will make our schools and our communities safer for everyone.”
While Governor Phil Murphy has tried to stay away from the subject, deferring the decision to local school boards for now, he might soon be pressured by the union to implement a statewide mask mandate for the public school system in New Jersey.
This week, the CDC recommended that all students and faculty wear masks when returning to school this year.
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