Teachers unions across the country are pushing “universal masking” in school settings as a new year nears.
The Orange County, Florida, school employees group cited a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that said children over age 2 should wear masks in school, News 6 reported.
“The AAP said universal masking is necessary because much of the student population is not vaccinated, and it’s hard for schools to determine who is as new variants emerge that might spread more easily among children,” the union posted on Facebook.
While unions have not yet proposed restricting in-person learning this fall, they were the leaders in keeping kids out of the classroom during the 2020-2021 school year over infection fears.
In Illinois, the teachers union helped write a policy for Springfield School District 186 that would require “pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school students who cannot receive COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus]