By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday recommended that all children over the age of 2 wear masks in school this year — regardless of vaccination status. The AAP also said universal masking will protect students and staff from other respiratory illnesses that could keep kids out of school. Since Oregon was among the first states to close schools and among the last dozen to re-open them, puts our state more likely to adopt restrictive standards.
Emergency authorization status for the COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 12 years old is not expected until midwinter.
The argument for masking young children used to be that they would unknowingly contract COVID-19 and pass it to an at-risk adult. But things changed because now most adults are able to get the vaccine. Guidelines such as the new ones from the AAP continue to make children responsible for the health of adults when adults are able to get the vaccine.
The issue of masking kids in Oregon schools is contentious, and it is a combative issue around the country. Parents in New Hampshire, Georgia, California, New Jersey and Kansas are suing local school districts over face mask requirements.
Because the Governor has made most of her education virus decision behind closed doors, it is unlikely the public will be consulted on this contentious issue.