COVID-19

State leaders worried about unmasked schools

Despite guidance encouraging it, many school districts in Michigan won't require mask wearing.

The top doctor in the state is worried about the upcoming school year.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun told Michigan Radio that a number of districts – including Portage Public Schools – have announced they will not require masks when classes start later this month. That’s despite guidance from state and federal officials strongly recommending masks as a means to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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“I really, really am concerned that some superintendents may not think that those things are important,” she said. “Which is not the case. And that’s why we’ve been very clear in our guidance as far as what they should be doing.”

PPS Superintendent Mark Bielang has said he will not institute a mask mandate at his schools unless county or state health officials tell him he has to.

Khaldun said that’s not likely to happen. State officials have no plans to reimpose coronavirus restrictions after lifting them earlier this summer.

[Michigan Radio]

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