Reinstate mask mandate in Metro Nashville schools for the upcoming 2021-22 school year

Reinstate mask mandate in Metro Nashville schools for the upcoming 2021-22 school year

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F S started this petition to Caregivers and families with children in Metro Nashville Public Schools

update 08/17/21- a universal mask policy has been reinstated for MNPS schools but Gov Lee is trying his hardest to undermine it with his exec order. We are working on some strategies, so please be sure to opt into receiving updates from this petition. Thank you! 


Metro Nashville Public Schools has decided to make masks optional for students and staff in the upcoming 2021-22 school year, regardless of vaccination status. This decision is alarming and shortsighted. At the time of this writing, Covid-19 cases are up 25% in our county, and only 48% of those eligible having full vaccination protection (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

The virus continues to mutate, and we are now dealing with the Delta and Delta PLUS variants, which are more easily transmissible, infectious, and resistant to treatment than before. We were hopeful that the leaders of our school district would continue to advocate for our children who are unable to be vaccinated, to continue to do everything in their power to help keep them safe, but we were wrong. 

We implore MNPS to reconsider the mask protocol for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all children ages 2 and older remain masked while in-person learning, regardless of vaccination status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending that masks be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) regardless of vaccination status. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as in a school setting. Optional masking for those who are unvaccinated is highly irresponsible and even more so given our community's moderate vaccination rate. We are still in the midst of a pandemic; it has not ended yet. Until all of our children have the option of being vaccinated, we ask that MNPS please reconsider their stance on masking, and do the minimum to continue to keep our children safe. 

 

Las Escuelas Públicas de Metro Nashville han decidido que las máscaras sean opcionales para los estudiantes y el personal en el próximo año escolar 2021-22, sin importar el estado de vacunación. Esta decisión es alarmante y miope. En el momento de escribir este artículo, los casos de Covid-19 aumentaron un 25% en nuestro condado, y solo el 48% de los elegibles tienen protección de vacunación completa (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county vista

El virus continúa mutando y ahora nos enfrentamos a las variantes Delta y Delta PLUS, que son más fácilmente transmisibles, infecciosas y resistentes al tratamiento que antes. Teníamos la esperanza de que los líderes de nuestro distrito escolar continuarían abogando por nuestros niños que no pueden vacunarse, para continuar haciendo todo lo posible para ayudar a mantenerlos a salvo, pero estábamos equivocados.

Rogamos a MNPS que reconsidere el protocolo de mascarillas para el próximo año escolar 2021-22. La Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría recomienda que todos los niños mayores de 2 años permanezcan enmascarados mientras aprenden en persona, sin importar el estado de vacunación. El uso de enmascaramiento opcional para aquellos que no están vacunados es muy irresponsable y más aún dada la moderada tasa de vacunación de nuestra comunidad. Todavía estamos en medio de una pandemia; aún no ha terminado. Hasta que todos nuestros niños tengan la opción de ser vacunados, le pedimos a MNPS que reconsidere su postura sobre el enmascaramiento y haga lo mínimo para continuar manteniendo seguros a nuestros niños.

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