No Mask Mandates for Carroll County Students

No Mask Mandates for Carroll County Students

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Bryan Thompson started this petition to Carroll County Parents

This is a counter petition to "Protect Our CCPS Students".  It advocates for mask mandates in our schools.  

Based on all available data, we've known for a long time that kids are SAFE from COVID-19 and do not spread the disease at the rates of other age groups.  Returning the the mask requirement for our students is not only unnecessary, it instills needless fear and creates an unhealthy learning environment, precisely the opposite of "protecting" our kids.

In Maryland, the epidemic is over.  In our county there have been ZERO deaths linked to COVID-19 amongst school-aged children.  Comparatively, there have been more deaths related to self-harm and accidents.  Imposing masks will only exasperate the mental health concerns.

It is now well established that the risk of serious harm to children from the coronavirus is very low. Earlier measures of the hospitalization rate of children upon infection, estimated to be 0.1-1.9 percent, is a small fraction of the adult rate. The most recent evidence suggests that even these low rates are substantially overstated. In fact, coronavirus and influenza hospitalization rates in children are comparable.

Masking was appropriate before widespread vaccination. However, as the vaccinated population grows and cases fall sharply, masking is quickly becoming hygiene theater, something that makes us feel safe but may do little to keep us safe. 

Maryland’s students have had among the fewest days in the classroom of students in any state this past year. We owe it to them to repay their sacrifices as the pandemic draws to a close. They deserve a full-time, mask-free summer and fall, full of joyous camps, sports, after-school activities and classes unfettered by needless masking and symbolic prophylactics. We no longer have to wait to see kids’ smiling faces in classrooms again.

**Sources from Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/24/maryland-schools-should-drop-all-mask-mandates/

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