Time to End the MASKerade
Time to End the MASKerade
TIME TO END THE MASKerade!
On April 14, 2021, the Florida Department of Education wrote a letter to the Superintendents of all Florida School Districts recommending that they reconsider any required mask mandates for the upcoming school year.
On May 3, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Orders 21-101 and 21-102, which suspended the local emergency orders for Florida cities and counties.
However, neither the Governor nor FLDOE have the power to end the mandated mask policy for Broward Schools. Only the School Board of Broward County has the authority to change and update the health protocols and safety policies currently in place in the school system.
As such, it is up to the citizens of Broward County, or more specifically the parents, students and teachers of BCPS, to use the collective power of their voices, to request that the School Board update their health protocol, as it pertains to masks and mask usage, such that MASKS ARE OPTIONAL and THE SOLE CHOICE of the individual.
As the pandemic has evolved since March of 2020, statistical and scientific studies have shown all of the following to be true:
- Schools have not proven to be a primary source of Covid spread. (Ref. 1 below)
- Masks have not proven to be a consistent barrier at reducing the spread of Covid. (Ref. 2 below)
- School age children between the ages of 5-17 are very resilient to the effects of Covid with a survival rate near 100%. (Ref. 3 below)
- Long term, all-day, daily use of masks can lead to other health consequences, especially for developing bodies and minds. (Ref. 4 below)
- Widespread availability of Covid vaccinations has allowed the community at large to protect its most vulnerable populations.
It's time for us to start thinking about the physical health of our children and what's in the best interests of their bodies.
It's time for us to start thinking about the mental health of our children and how masking has impacted their ability to express themselves and interact with others.
It's time to start putting our children at the forefront of school policies. It is our responsibility as adults to protect them, not their responsibility to protect us.
It's TIME TO END THE MASKerade!
On May 18th, in two weeks, the Broward School board will hold its next regular board meeting. At that time, we the parents, students and teachers of Broward County will formally request that BCPS review and adjust their mandatory mask policy to align with the Governor's and Florida Department of Education's recommendation that masks and mask usage be voluntary in the Broward County School System.
Please sign, and pass on, this petition to any parent, student, teacher or interested party that want the option of CHOICE with respect to masks and mask usage in our school systems.
Ref 1: http://bitly.ws/dagw
Ref 2: http://bitly.ws/dagy
Ref 3: http://bitly.ws/daiz
Ref 4: http://bitly.ws/dagr