Make Masks Optional in East Moriches School District and All Suffolk County Schools

Make Masks Optional in East Moriches School District and All Suffolk County Schools

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Maureen LaRocca started this petition to East Moriches Board of Education and

For the 2021-2022 school year,  we are asking that mask-wearing and face coverings should be OPTIONAL for our children.  Forcing our kids to wear masks again this school year, and segregating classes at recess is wrong.  Mask-wearing by children should be up to the individual parent(s).  If a parent wants their child to wear a mask, they can. If a parent doesn’t want to force their child to wear a mask all day long for 7 hours, they shouldn’t have to. Parents should have the choice! Masks are not currently required indoors at East Moriches’ summer school or enrichment programs.  In addition, our kids should be able to play with all of their friends at recess, not isolated in separate boxes on a field! In August, over 150 kids were interacting at East Moriches’ Sports’ Camp with no masks, absolutely no social distancing and no problems arose. This is how it should be when school starts. It is time now to consider the risks vs. the benefits to our kids. As an educator myself, I firmly believe it is detrimental to a child’s social and emotional development to be masked and segregated all day long! The kids can’t even see each other laugh or smile anymore. It is so sad! A child entering 2nd grade this September has little recollection of a school day without masks and social segregation! They are rarely even allowed to see their teachers’ faces. Roughly 75% of all New Yorkers are vaccinated, and the recovery rate from Covid is over 99%. There is currently NO MASK MANDATE or law for our kids to be required to wear masks in school. The governor and NYS has clearly stated that they are leaving this decision up to the individual school districts. The East Moriches Board of Education and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone were elected by the community to represent us, as parents, in the education and well-being of our children while they are in school.  The East Moriches Board of Education and County Executive Steven Bellone have an obligation to represent us in our freedom of choice and give parents the option to mask or not mask.

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