The undersigned, concerned citizens of Houston, Harris County, Texas and the United States of America, respectfully request that the Houston ISD School Board immediately rescind the mandate requiring students and staff to wear masks. Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state or school district - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable. In light of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38 rescinding the statewide mask mandate and CDC's recently updated guidance removing masks in schools, we request that the wearing of masks also be made optional by the school district. Everyone has the right to voluntarily wear a mask, but forcing someone to wear a mask is an infringement on personal liberty.
If/When EXPOSURE occurs, parents should be notified and the OPTION to keep their child home should be presented but NOT required.
Wearing masks for long periods of times are causes of many health issues including asthma, headaches/migraines and lack of focus in some of our students.
Wearing a mask for long periods of time ensures that the wearer has a warm and moist receptacle around his or her mouth, on which viruses and bacteria can land and accumulate.
The N95 masks are the only masks that are actually effective at containing the virus, and the school district is not requiring N95 masks. Evidence has shown that homemade and cloth masks aren't effective and actually cause you to touch your face more than you would without the mask.
Our students should begin the process of returning to normality.
Therefore, WE the undersigned, petition the Houston Independent School Board and Superintendent Millard House II to take a firm stance against mandatory face masks, striking down all policies mandating students to wear face masks.