Parents Respond to School Year Mask Plans in Oregon and Washington | Local News


PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Portland Public Schools have said students and staff will need to be masked indoors for the next school year. This follows the governor’s tenure, based on recommendations from the CDC.

As in-person school returns to normal and the Delta variant increases, health and education officials have become concerned about the safe return to class. The response from federal, state and local officials so far is a policy of masks for everyone.

“I feel so relieved,” said Rachelle Chase, a Portland Public Schools parent. “I think it’s the right decision.

Friday morning in southwest Washington, there was a rally to end the mask’s mandate.

Governor Jay Inslee also last week ordered all school districts to require students and employees of K-12 schools to mask themselves in school buildings. He said it was a legal requirement and not up for debate at the local level.

“The locally elected school board is your voice in how your schools are run,” Washington State Representative Jim Walsh said. “We defend the right of families and parents to decide what is best for their children. “

Other parents have expressed their opposition to the mask requirement.

“I came here today as a mother of seven,” said parent Heidi St. John. “I have seven children and three grandchildren. I can tell you that now is the time to stand up for our children. “

But at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, teachers, students and local school board candidates said children deserve to learn in a mask-free environment:

“We’re not going to put masks on our kids,” St. John said.

The Longview School District will address the mask issue Monday at a Zoom meeting.

Children under 12 cannot be vaccinated. Officials said the mask’s warrant would keep them safe.

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