As concerns mount around the effects of the highly-contagious Delta variant, Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights) and Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven) have sent letters to their local school boards urging the adoption of an indoor mask requirement for students, teachers, and staff in local schools, regardless of vaccination status.
“As students and teachers prepare to return to in-person learning for the 2021 school year, we must take the necessary steps to ensure that our classrooms are safe which must include masks to prevent the spread of this virus,” said Senator Klein. “This is a common-sense and proactive measure that will ensure in-person learning is a success in the upcoming school year.”
This recommendation follows recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.
“Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall must be a top priority for our public schools,” said Representative Morrison. “While vaccinations are the best way to fight this virus, masks are an essential safeguard to make sure our students, teachers, and staff are safe in the classroom.”
Additionally, the Minnesota Medical Association (the professional association for physicians, residents, and medical students), the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians have endorsed and encouraged this policy.