Protesters gather outside of the Governor’s Mansion Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, to protest Gov. Gary Herbert’s mask mandate and new COVID-19 restrictions.

Protesters gather outside of the Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, to protest Gov. Gary Herbert’s mask mandate and new COVID-19 restrictions. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Statewide mandate ends April 10 but K-12 school requirement remains in place until June 15

From planned weekend rallies in school districts across the state to speaking out at local school board meetings, some parents are pushing back against Utah’s ongoing public health order that requires K-12 students to wear masks at school until June 15.

The resistance comes as Utah’s statewide mask mandates ends April 10, although businesses and other private property owners can still require them. The Utah Jazz organization announced earlier this week that masks will continue to be required at home games, which is also a league requirement.

Some parents say the transmission of COVID-19 in schools has been minimal and they question why students must continue to wear masks.

“I’m here to ask you to remove the masks. The data and the science is clear that there is no spread within the schools and there’s no reason to be masking our children any longer. Masks are detrimental to our children’s health,” said parent Stewart Campbell, addressing the Davis School District Board of Education on Tuesday.

After “letting the government and the school district choose what is right for my children’s health,” Campbell said he reached out to their pediatrician and obtained medical exemptions for his children.

For the first time this school year, they attended school on Monday without masks.

“You should have seen their smiles when they got out at the school,” he said.

Another parent, Brooke Stephens, asked the school board to allow a parent’s signature to suffice when seeking a medical exemption.

“That’s what I’m asking for, so that parents can decide because they know and love their …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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